Columbus police respond to fall, arrest man for first degree murder
Police responded to a person falling outside and eventually made an arrest.
Monday, January 17, 2022, 9:33 a.m. CST
Nebraska Department of Corrections
COLUMBUS, Neb. -Columbus police responded to a person falling outside and ended up making a first-degree murder arrest on Sunday afternoon.
Just before 4:20 p.m. Sunday, the Columbus Police Department and Columbus Fire responded to a call for a person who had fallen outside 1305 8th Street.
Columbus Police Capt. Douglas Molczyk said Monday the initial report indicated a person had fallen and had a bump on their head.
Molczyk said when Columbus PD officers arrived, they spoke to the person who fell, eventually identified as 28-year-old Michael Keener.
Officials said that while officers were talking to Keener, he told them he had killed a person at another location.
The CPD said Keener took officers to the second location on the 200 block of 16th Avenue in Columbus.
Molczyk said officers found a 77-year-old man dead at the scene. Officers eventually identified the man as Larry Houdek.
Officials said they found items belonging to Houdek on Keener.
Keener was arrested by Columbus police officers for first degree murder and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. He was taken to Platte Detention Center and remains in detention since Monday morning.
This is an ongoing investigation.