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Arrest made in stabbing death of woman in eastern Nebraska

July 17, 2020 GMT

MALMO, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have arrested the fiance of a woman found stabbed to death in the small eastern Nebraska community of Malmo, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

The patrol said in a news release Thursday that Kolton Barnes, 25, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and felony animal cruelty.

The body of Kayla Matulka, 27, was found by a neighbor Wednesday morning in her home in Malmo, the patrol said. A dog also was found dead in the home.

Barnes was being held Thursday in the Saunders County Jail.

Malmo is a village of about 120 people, located 34 miles north of Lincoln.