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15-year-old girl accused of stabbing father to death at south Lincoln apartment

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – A 15-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her father, and her 16-year-old boyfriend is accused of helping.

On Monday around 4 pm, Lincoln Police responded to The Lodge Apartments, southeast of 40th and Highway 2, after Sallie Gilmer, 15, called 911 saying she came home from school and found her father stabbed.

Officers found 70-year-old Jesse Gilmer had been stabbed to death.

After conducting interviews and gathering evidence, Sallie Gilmer was arrested for first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. Her boyfriend, Isaac Honigschmidt, was arrested for aiding and abetting murder in the first degree. They were lodged in the Lancaster County Youth Services Center.

Lincoln Police Chief Teresa Ewins said they will be tried as adults due to the nature of the crime.

This killing marks the 10th homicide in Lincoln this year. This is a 122% increase over the previous five-year average and a 25% increase over the trends for just the last two years, but Chief Ewins maintains Lincoln people aren’t in danger.

“We can’t ignore what’s occurred, but the thing I constantly tell you when we’re looking at these cases is whether it’s random or interaction prior to event,” said Chief Ewins. “Every case we’ve brought forward is not random.”

Ewins said violent crime continues to be down compared to previous year average. Robberies are down 20% and aggravated assaults are down 21%.

“I feel very comfortable living in Lincoln,” Ewins said. “This is a very safe community and our officers are doing the best we can.”

Ewins said the number of major investigations, including five homicides in September alone, and the serious car accident officers have responded to are taking a toll on a stretched-thin department.

A 15-year-old girl is accused of killing her father in Nebraska with the help of her boyfriend. (Source: KOLN)

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