UPDATE: NSP arrested Malmo, NE homicide victim’s fiance for first-degree murder

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Kolton Barnes. Photo Courtesy of Saunders County Sheriff’s Office.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – UPDATE July 16, 11:40 a.m.: Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) investigators have arrested a man for first-degree murder in connection to a homicide that happened between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning in Malmo.

Officials said they have arrested Kolton Barnes, 25, who was the fiancé of the victim, Kayla Matulka, 27.

He has been lodged in the Saunders County Jail for first-degree murder and felony animal cruelty.

Authorities reported the investigation started when the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office received a report at about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday that a neighbor had found Matulka dead at her home, 236 Bowen Avenue in Malmo.

She suffered several stab wounds and a dog was also found deceased at the house.

Officials said the investigation remains ongoing at this time and involves several divisions of NSP, including Invesgiatve Services, Patrol Division, and the Technical Crimes Division, as well as the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office.

PREVIOUS July 16, 10:07 a.m.: The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) and the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a homicide that happened in Malmo.

Officials said at around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased woman at the residence of 236 Bowen Avenue in Malmo, about an hour west of Omaha.

The sheriff’s office requested that NSP investigators respond to the scene after finding the victim, who had suffered several stab wounds.

Authorities identified the victim as Kayla Matulka, 27, who lived at the house.

Investigators don’t believe there’s a threat to the public at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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