INDIANAPOLIS - After repeatedly denying his guilt, a man pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 killing of an Indianapolis woman.
The cold case prosecution of Kaleb Eggert may not have been possible were it not for a fortuitous DNA match.
Detectives pursued numerous avenues, including using K9s to track down the killer of Kellye Schultz, 27. She was fatally stabbed inside a home in the 200 block of North Warman Avenue in 2009.
Eggert was arrested in 2011, but he vehemently denied involvement.
"I don't know (who murdered her)," Eggert said shortly after his arrest. "If I knew, I would tell you."
Investigators arrested Eggert after finding his DNA on the victim's body, police said. He had been arrested in 2010 in a felony battery case and had to provide a DNA sample. That sample led to the arrest.
Prosecutors said Eggert became upset with Schultz because she made disparaging remarks about him following a romantic interlude.
"When I found her, I seen what he did to her and it was horrible," said Selena Valentino, Schultz's stepmother. "She had stab wounds on all of her body."
Valentino agreed to the deal that allowed Eggert to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He will receive a 40-year sentence, 32 years in prison, eight years suspended and three years probation.
"I think he's a monster," Valentino said. "(I don't think 32 years is enough,) but I agreed on it."
Eggert's family was demonstrative in court, but declined to speak about the plea deal.
A formal sentencing hearing will be held on June 25.
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