Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Omaha, NE: Man held without bail in South Omaha stabbing death

A 23-year-old man was ordered held without bail Tuesday in the death of his estranged wife's boyfriend.

Anthony T. Utterback was charged with second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony for allegedly stabbing Ryan P. O'Donnell early Friday. Police arrested Utterback soon after the incident in South Omaha.

Officers found O'Donnell injured near 40th and Y Streets shortly after midnight. The victim was taken to Creighton University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A prosecutor told Douglas County Judge Sheryl Lohaus that Utterback had confronted O'Donnell, who was dating his estranged wife. Utterback allegedly pulled a knife and O'Donnell grabbed a crowbar.

The prosecutor said that Utterback stabbed O'Donnell with the knife and that O'Donnell struck back with the crowbar. Utterback appeared in court on crutches.

Both O'Donnell and Utterback have lived in Bellevue, but police did not release their current addresses.

O'Donnell's slaying was Omaha's fifth homicide of 2013. Police have made arrests in three of the cases.

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