Authorities have yet to conclude what kind of weapon mortally wounded an Omaha man whose body was found in the snow the day after Christmas, a Douglas County prosecutor said Wednesday.
Prosecutor Mike Jensen said knives — including a putty knife — were seized by police from an apartment at 3234 N. 26th St., where James E. Bailey had lived with girlfriend Roslind Snoddy. But investigators did not yet know which one was used to fatally stab Bailey in the upper left side of his chest, Jensen said.
Snoddy, 45, is charged with second-degree murder in Bailey’s death. She is being held on $2 million bail.
Douglas County Judge Derek Vaughn ruled Wednesday that the prosecution had presented enough evidence to try Snoddy in district court.
Omaha Police Detective Chris Gordon testified at a preliminary hearing that Snoddy and Bailey, who had been in a relationship with each other for 19 years, had returned home after attending Christmas celebrations with family and friends.
In an interview with police, Gordon testified, Snoddy said that Bailey had been drinking and became agitated because of a Facebook post written by his son about how he had not received any gifts.
The couple began arguing. Snoddy said Bailey at one point raised his fists to her but never swung, Gordon testified.
Snoddy said she pushed Bailey, who fell into a stereo. He got up and stumbled out of the apartment, Gordon said.
Bailey’s body was found a block from the apartment, near where 27th Street turns at a corner into Wirt Street near the North Freeway.
Snoddy’s attorney had argued that there was insufficient evidence that her client intended to kill Bailey.
Contact the writer: 402-444-3100, firstname.lastname@example.org