Man pleads not guilty in Nebraska fiancee’s stabbing death
WAHOO, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man accused of stabbing his fiancee to death and leaving her body for the woman’s children to find pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder.
Kolton Barnes, 25, is accused of stabbing Kayla Matulka, 27, and her dog to death at their home in Malta on July 15.
No trial date was set but Saunders County District Judge Christina Marroquin set a pretrial hearing in October and also several motions under advisement, The Lincoln Journal-Star reported.
Barnes’ attorney has requested a $250,000 bond.
Besides first-degree murder, Barnes is charged with animal cruelty, tampering with evidence and two counts of child abuse because Matulka’s two children, ages 6 and 11, were in the home when she was killed.
Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz said Matulka’s 11-year-old son found his mother and ran to a friend’s house to get help.
Malmo is a village of about 120 people about 34 miles (54.72 kilometers) north of Lincoln.