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Murder suspect appears in court

Prosecutors say body stuffed in a couch for days
Posted at 12:34 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 13:36:55-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Earlier this week, Omaha Police arrested four people in connection with the August homicide of 55-year-old Kelly Barges. Today, prosecutors allege the victim was beaten by hand, by lock and chain and then strangled before being stuffed in a couch for days.

French was denied bond at today's hearing.

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The afternoon of Aug. 6, officers were called to 4527 Decatur St. for a death unknown.

After investigation, authorities determined Barges had died under suspicious circumstances and his death was ruled a homicide.

Homicide investigators with the Omaha Police made four arrests Wednesday relating to the case.

Louis French Jr., 36, was booked into Douglas County Corrections for 1st Degree Murder and Use of a Weapon - not a gun.

Forty-nine year old Coletta Cornett, 63-year-old Joel Jensen and 31-year-old Autumn Jones all face accessory to a felony charges and are lodged in Douglas County Corrections.

Anyone with more information should contact Omaha Police Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP.