More than two years after a woman was found dead in a west side home, her family is thanking persistent detectives for making an arrest in the case.
Kellye Schultz, 27, was killed in October 2009. Her body was found in her home in the 200 block of North Warman Avenue.
Kaleb Eggert, 20, was arrested Wednesday on a preliminary charge of murder.
"It couldn't have come at a better time. It's really made the best Thanksgiving I've ever had," said Schultz's father, Randall Shannon.
Schultz's stepmother, Selena Valentino, told RTV6 that when Eggert was 14 years old, she provided temporary shelter for him and his family, and that it was during that stay that he got to know Schultz.
Eggert, who agreed to a jailhouse interview Thursday, told RTV6's Derrik Thomas
he didn't kill Schultz.
"Why would I want to kill her? She was like a sister to me," he said. "I don't know (who killed her). If I knew, I would tell you."
While in custody on a 2010 felony battery conviction, Eggert had to provide a DNA sample. Shannon said that sample led to a DNA match and Wednesday's arrest.
"I don't know why anybody would have killed her. She was a sweet person. She loved everyone she met," Shannon said.
Schultz had joint custody of her three children, but none of them lived with her at the time she was killed.
Her family said the arrest provides some comfort.
"I have everything to be thankful for now," Valentino said. "(If convicted), I would like to see him spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole."
Eggert will make his initial court appearance next week.
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