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Lincoln girl is accused of killing her 70-year-old, her partner is also a suspect

LINCOLN, Nebraska — The Lincoln Police Department said on Tuesday morning that it has arrested a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old in connection with the death of Jesse Gilmer, 70.

Jesse Gilmer died in an apartment near the intersection of South 40th Street and Highway 2. His 15-year-old daughter has been detained on suspicion of first-degree murder and criminal use of a dangerous weapon. Her 16-year-old boyfriend was detained on accusations of assisting in a first-degree murder.

Monday at 4:06 p.m., LPD officers “responded to a report of an unconscious guy who appeared to have been stabbed,” according to a press release. Jesse Gilmer was discovered dead in his apartment with injuries consistent with those produced by a bladed device.

“When officers arrived, Jesse’s daughter was in the flat,” according to the police. She recounted arriving home from school to discover her father had been stabbed.”

LPD reports that she was interviewed at the headquarters of the Lincoln Police Department among other family members. The 16-year-old, identified by police as the daughter’s boyfriend, was eventually located and sent to the Lincoln Police Department Headquarters for questioning.

“Using information received during interviews, digital evidence, and evidence gathered from the apartment, (the minors) were arrested and transported to the Lancaster County Youth Services Center,” the police said.

“We would like to convey our sympathies to Jesse’s family and friends and request that the public respect their privacy during this difficult time.

This investigation is ongoing, and we urge that anyone with information contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402.441.6000, or Crime Stoppers at 402.475.3000 if they desire to remain anonymous.”

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