Lincoln man killed by daughter, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A 70-year-old Lincoln man was found dead in an apartment on Monday afternoon, according to police.

Shortly after 4 p.m., 15-year-old Sallie Gilmer called the police and said she found her father dead in their apartment when she came home from school.

Lincoln Police identified Sallie’s father as Jesse Gilmer Jr., 70, of Lincoln.

In the 911 call, Sallie told police that her father had several stab wounds.  Police have not specified where his stab wounds were.

During their investigation, police brought in Sallie and her boyfriend, 16-year-old Isaac Honigschmidt, for interviews.

Based on the interviews and digital and physical evidence, Sallie and Isaac were arrested in the killing of her father.

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Sallie was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

Honigschmidt was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting murder in the first degree.

Police Chief Teresa Ewins said investigators don’t yet know why or when exactly the stabbing occurred.

“Obviously, this is disturbing for many people in the community because of the nature of it,” she said. “A daughter killing her father is difficult to understand. And so, we’re trying to piece that together.”

Sallie and Isaac will both be charged as adults due to the nature of the crime.  Police said more charges may come as the investigation continues.

Ewins said that this case and others like it are not indicative of a higher crime rate in Lincoln and that the city is still safe.

She said police work hard to stop these crimes from happening, but many are isolated incidents they can’t prepare for.

“The reason behind the premeditation, we don’t know,” she said. “But the daughter, you know, murdered her father. Can we stop that? Not necessarily. And so, we have to understand, crime, with as much as we analyze it and look into it, we try to stop it, it’s very hard to do that at times.”

If you know anything about this case, you’re urged to call the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

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