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Nebraska cops came to help a man who had fallen. He then allegedly confessed to a murder.

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Source: Platte County Sheriff, MEGA

Jan. 19 2022, Published 9:10 a.m. ET

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A man who fell down outside a building confessed to police that he had killed a man after they showed up to help him, authorities said.

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Around 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 16, officers responded to a call of a person who fell outside of a building in the 1300 block of 8th Street in Columbus, Nebraska, according to Columbus police.

Police were initially told that the person had fallen and had a bump on his head. When officers arrived, they spoke with Michael J. Keener, 28, the person who fell, police stated.

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While officers were talking with Keener, he stated that he had killed a person at another location.

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Keener took officers to the second location in the 200 block of 16th Avenue, according to Columbus police. Police found a 77-year-old deceased man, who was identified as Larry Houdek.

Officers also found items belonging to the deceased victim on Keener.

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Keener was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. He is being held at Platte Detention Facility.

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Source: Platte County Sheriff
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