The man arrested for the murder of a woman in her Omaha apartment Tuesday afternoon was in court Friday morning to face charges of homicide and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Thirty-two-year-old Robert Grant will be held without bond. He stood before a judge for the murder of 43-year-old Trudy McKee, whose body was found by her daughter in their residence near South 99th Street and Park Drive.
Police say that after the murder he tried to get on a bus to Chicago, but was caught boarding without a ticket.
Neighbors are still in shock about the crime. "We got to the top of the hill and saw everything taped off and police everywhere and the crime labs and all this commotion going on. It's not really what you expect when you get off of work I guess,” said Scott Gale.
Gale arrived home to quite a scene at The Blossoms apartment complex. Police were there investigating the death of his neighbor. “I was a little shocked. It hits close to home when it’s in your own building and everything.”
While he waited to get back into his apartment, other neighbors also stood by. One of those neighbors, who didn’t want to identified, said he was there around 3:30 p.m. when he awoke to the sound of screaming from his teenaged neighbor. He said she had returned home from school and found McKee dead.
“Her mom was just in the house dead bleeding. She just came out in the hall yelling and screaming, just hysterical, the same way anyone would be if they found their parent."
The neighbor said McKee's throat had been cut. He immediately called police. He said she and her daughter had just moved in about a month ago, but he had heard arguing in the apartment often between a woman and a man.
Now as the investigation continues, neighbors say they’re shaken. “It's kind of rattling to an extent. The world is changing a lot so you kind of get used to seeing stuff like this on TV, but when it happens so close it makes you a little bit more aware of their surroundings."
Trudy McKee had not been in Omaha long. Neighbors say she had lived in the apartment for approximately one month.
She was a nurse at a local hospital. According to her Facebook profile she grew up in Elm Creek, Nebraska and attended college in Kearney. Her daughter enrolled at Ralston High School at the beginning of the year.
Police reports from Wichita, Kansas describe an incident from last December in which McKee claimed her boyfriend, Grant, threatened her with a kitchen knife and punched her daughter in the face. The charge was eventually dismissed, but protection orders were filed.
Grant has been in and out of prison in Wichita where corrections officials say he has three aliases and his record includes the following:
- Felony Attempted Aggravated Robbery in 2003
- Felony drug possession the following year - a year in prison before getting out a year-and-a-half early
- From 2012 - A charge of Felony Aggravated Assault and use of a Deadly Weapon. The charge was later dismissed.
Two protection orders were filed in connection with the dismissed case. They were filed by Trudy and her daughter.