Arrest made in Lincoln homicide; investigation leads police to suspicious death

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln Police said Thursday that they were led to another suspicious death while investigating the homicide near Third and P Streets.

Police announced the arrest of William Wright, 55, in the slaying of Ronald George a 61-year-old homeless man who was found dead in a grassy field around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

George may have been killed hours before, police said.

According to the arrest affidavit, George suffered several stab wounds to his neck and chest.

Lincoln Police Chief Teresa Ewins said the relationship between George and Wright has not yet been determined.

Wright was identified as a suspect after staff at the People’s City Mission reported that he was bragging to other people that he killed someone, court documents say.

Wright has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

He made his first court appearance on Thursday, where his bond was set at $500,000.

During the investigation, police learned of the suspicious death of another man at the Motel 6 on Northwest 12th and Bond Streets. Police were on the scene investigating throughout Thursday.

Authorities think the man died before George was killed.

Hotels and businesses nearby the Motel 6 said a number of homeless people do tend to gather in that area.

One hotel manager said he occasionally sees some “shenanigans” involving homeless people near the Motel 6, particularly around the shed behind the building.

Police say there is no threat to the public.

“Obviously, you know, two deaths is tragic,” Ewins said. “This is not something that, I think, Lincoln is used to, and I understand that. No matter what, it’s not easy to take. But we don’t believe that there is any public safety concerns right now.”

There will be another press conference Friday at 10 a.m, which will be livestreamed here on KLKN’s website.

Anyone with information, photos or videos is asked to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or CrimeStoppers at 402-475-3600.

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