Red Wing Man Charged With Strangling Woman at Hastings Hotel
Hastings, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Red Wing man has been charged with second-degree murder for the strangulation death of a Hastings woman earlier this year.
The Dakota County Attorney's Office says 32-year-old Kyle Williams is accused of killing 36-year-old Kelly Kocurek at a hotel in Hastings. The criminal complaint says Hastings police responded to a medical call at the hotel on the afternoon of May 18th and found the unresponsive victim on the floor with several cords, that appeared to have been cut, on the floor next to her. The officers also described marks around her neck, along with blood on her bruised and swollen face. Williams had been staying with her in the hotel room and the complaint says he was screaming "hysterically" that the victim had strangled herself.
The court document says the victim was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She was in a coma for five days before she died on May 23rd.
Hastings police say Williams gave investigators numerous versions of the events leading to Kocurek's death but always maintained she had strangled herself. Meanwhile, another witness informed investigators the victim had a pre-existing injury to her arm that limited the use of her hand and made it necessary for her to have assistance in getting dressed and other daily activities.
The charges against Williams also indicate the autopsy found several injuries inconsistent with self-inflicted wounds, including a horizontal abrasion on the neck and traumatic head injuries the Ramsey County Medical Examiner attributed to a physical assault. The list also included bruises to her face and jaw fractures.
Williams was arraigned on the charge on Wednesday and his bail was set at $2 million. He is due back in court for a hearing on October 4th.
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