Kierre L. Williams, Iowa: The Suspect of Nebraska Priest Murder After Church Assault

A Fort Calhoun priest, Father Stephen Gutgsell of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, was brutally assaulted in the church’s rectory early Sunday morning. The devastating consequences unfolded as the 65-year-old priest succumbed to his injuries at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. This heartbreaking event has left the community in grief, with emotions of anger, fear, and sadness reverberating through the tight-knit parish.

TimeEvent
5:00 a.m.Attempted break-in reported at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
5:05 a.m.Deputies discover Father Gutgsell fatally stabbed in the rectory
Morning HoursFather Gutgsell succumbs to his injuries at Nebraska Medicine
Afternoon HoursKierre Williams arrested and taken to Washington County Jail

Arrest and Identification of the Suspect

A Fort Calhoun priest, Father Stephen Gutgsell of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, was brutally assaulted in the church's rectory early Sunday morning.
A Fort Calhoun priest, Father Stephen Gutgsell of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, was brutally assaulted in the church’s rectory early Sunday morning.
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The suspect, identified as Kierre L. Williams, a 43-year-old resident of Sioux City, Iowa, was apprehended by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Williams faces charges of homicide and the use of a weapon to commit a felony. The assault took place around 5 a.m., prompting a 911 call reporting an attempted break-in at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Deputies swiftly responded, discovering Father Gutgsell inside the rectory, fatally stabbed.

Response from Authorities and Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Omaha expressed deep sorrow, offering prayers for Father Gutgsell, his family, and the grieving St. John the Baptist parish community. In an official statement, the Archdiocese urged the community to join Archbishop George Lucas in prayers for the repose of Father Gutgsell’s soul during this tragic time. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the incident, assuring the public that there is no immediate threat to the community.

Background of the Suspect and Victim

Father Stephen Gutgsell had made headlines in 2007 after pleading guilty to stealing $127,000 from another parish. Despite the past controversy, church officials and law enforcement maintain that his death is unrelated to the earlier case. The suspect, Kierre Williams, is currently in custody, and the investigation is ongoing to determine the motive behind the assault.

FAQs

Q1: What were the charges against Father Gutgsell in 2007?

Father Gutgsell pleaded guilty to stealing $127,000 from another parish, leading to probation and reassignment.

Q2: Is there any connection between Father Gutgsell’s past case and his recent assault?

Authorities confirm there is no evidence linking his past case to the recent tragic incident.

Q3: What charges does Kierre Williams face?

Williams is charged with homicide and the use of a weapon to commit a felony in connection with the assault on Father Gutgsell.

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