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OMAHA -- A third person has been charged with murder in connection with the April death of a Winnebago, Nebraska, man.

A superseding indictment filed Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court in Omaha charges Natasha Wolfe, 39, of Winnebago, with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. She continues to be charged with accessory after the fact in the April 23 death of William Redhorn Jr., 32.

Wolfe's son, Jeremiah Wolfe, 20, and Lawrencia Merrick, 21, both of Winnebago, remain charged with second-degree murder in the new indictment.

All three pleaded not guilty to the charges in the superseding indictment last week. They are scheduled to stand trial March 5.

According to court documents, Jeremiah Wolfe and Merrick confronted Redhorn at about 4 a.m. outside the Ho-Chunk Inc. offices in Winnebago because they believed he appeared to be intoxicated and was trying to break into the building.

As Redhorn approached their vehicle, Merrick and Jeremiah Wolfe got out, and a fight ensued. Merrick punched and kicked Redhorn during the fight, court documents said. Natasha Wolfe, who had been riding in the back seat of the vehicle, tried to break up the fight and kicked Redhorn in the ribs.

According to court documents, Jeremiah Wolfe placed Redhorn in a headlock until he was unconscious. He and Merrick both told authorities Redhorn's death was an accident.

After the fight, Natasha Wolfe allowed her son and Merrick to come to her house and wash their blood-covered clothes.

An autopsy determined Redhorn's cause of death was strangulation and that head trauma could have been a contributing factor.


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