After hearing that a man he had repeatedly stabbed had died, a 30-year-old Omahan told friends he had to leave town or he’d be arrested, a prosecutor said Friday.
Ryan Jones-Kellogg has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Dylan Kenney. Kenney, 25, was found stabbed near 13th and Center Streets on Sunday morning.
Two other men, Denzel Gaines and Caleb Bealer, have been charged as accessories in connection with the slaying.
Prosecutor Anthony Clowe said Omaha police found a video recording of a fight leading up to the stabbing that placed all men at the scene. Jones-Kellogg was arguing with Kenney, but Clowe didn’t say what they were arguing about.
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Jones-Kellogg then pulled out a knife, stabbed Kenney and fled in a vehicle, Clowe said. When he found out later that Kenney had died, he told either Gaines or Bealer that “he had to get out of Omaha or he’d be arrested,” Clowe said.
Clowe asked Friday that Jones-Kellogg be held in jail without bail, but Douglas County Judge Darryl Lowe scoffed at that.
“No bond? Give me a break,” Lowe said. “It’s not first-degree, it’s second-degree, and people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”
Lowe set Jones-Kellogg’s bail at $300,000.
On Thursday, Douglas County Judge Thomas Harmon set Gaines’ bail at $250,000 and Bealer’s at $150,000. Gaines, 26, was uncooperative with officers and denied being involved in the matter until he was shown a video of the fight, Clowe said. Bealer, 27, drove the men away from the scene and had bloodied clothes in his closet, but he cooperated with police, Clowe said.