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Student Slaying: Kentucky Christian College Freshman Accused of Killing Wrestling Teammate in Dorm Room

Kentucky College Wrestler Accused of Strangling Teammate to Death
Source: GoFundMe; Taylor County Detention Center

Josiah Kilman (left) was found strangled to death in his dorm room and police say his teammate, Charles Escalera (right), has been arrested in connection with his death.

Feb. 28 2024, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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An 18-year-old student at a Christian university in Kentucky was found dead, and police say they have located and arrested his fellow wrestling teammate in connection with the death.

Around 12:45 a.m. on Feb. 24, officers responded to the Campbellsville University campus to a report of an unresponsive male, according to the Campbellsville Police Department.

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Responding officers found the victim, later identified as Josiah Kilman, in his dorm room, university officials said.

Kilman was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to LEX-TV, Kilman died from manual strangulation.

Police issued an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Charles Escalera in connection with Kilman’s death.

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Authorities said both Escalera and Kilman were wrestlers at the private university.

Around 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 24, law enforcement officers responded to a report of a “suspicious male inside a barn” in Green County.

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Escalera was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with murder and second-degree burglary after he was booked into the Taylor County Detention Center.

"Campbellsville University is grieving the loss of one of our family," said the college's president, Dr. Joseph Hopkins. "We have lost a student and our hearts are broken. During this devastating time, the continued safety of our students and the residents of our community are our primary concern."


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