Knife, phone link Omahan to killing, prosecutor says

Christopher R. Myers The suspect says he could not be involved because he had surgery the day of the killing.

A man charged in connection with the slaying of a Dundee resident was linked to the killing via a cellphone and a knife, a prosecutor said in court Monday.

Christopher R. Myers faces charges of accessory to a felony in connection with the death of Charles A. Keathley, 50, whose body was found last May in his home at 5117 Capitol Ave.

Sha'Ron A. Ellis has been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder. Ellis is hospitalized under police guard and was not in court Monday. Police have said he will be booked once released. They haven't said why Ellis is hospitalized.

Ellis was wounded in a shooting Aug. 17, according to a press release from the Omaha Police Department at the time.

Keathley had been dead for several days when he was found. His attacker repeatedly cut and stabbed him, according to the death certificate.

Keathley's car, which was stolen, was found on fire at Freedom Park.

On Monday, authorities said Myers' phone was in the area of Keathley's home on May 27, and a knife found in Keathley's home had a partial DNA match to Myers.

In court, Myers said he had an alibi.

"How could I be involved ... if I had surgery the same day?" he asked.

He did not describe the kind of surgery he had undergone.

Myers must post 10 percent of his $500,000 bail to be released.

Keathley was a senior vice president at IBEX Global, a Washington, D.C., company. He was divorced and the father of a 17-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.

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