While Carter County Sheriff Ken Grace said Monday investigators had obtained a confession in the weekend murder of Jeremy Kildow he said no arrest was made and no one is in custody.
Grace said the investigation revealed evidence Kildow’s death “could be the result of self defense” and that all reports concerning the case had been sent to District Attorney Craig Ladd for review. The sheriff confirmed the confession was made by a member of Kildow’s family.
Ladd said early Monday he had not yet had time to read the reports. However, the district attorney said he planned to do so as soon as possible and he anticipated making a decision in the direction the case would take within the next few days.
Kildow’s body was discovered Saturday afternoon in a field near the intersection of State Highway 53 and Butler Road near Springer. Grace said a passing motorist noticed the 27year-old man’s body and reported it to the sheriff ’s department about 2 p.m. Shortly after arriving at the scene, Grace said it appeared Kildow died as a result of multiple stab wounds, but he said the body had been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsy and an official cause of death.
The sheriff said he had assigned CCSD Criminal Investigator Rick Batt to lead the investigation into the stabbing.
Several hours after the local man’s body was discovered, Grace said the preliminary investigation showed deputies had responded to a domestic disturbance about 1 a.m. Saturday at a trailer house where several members of Kildow’s family resided. The trailer is located near the field where the victim’s body was discovered. The sheriff said a number of “persons of interest” had been identified and interviews were being conducted.
Monday, Grace said Kildow apparently walked out of the residence following the domestic altercation that subsequently claimed his life.
‘He was found about 75 to 100 yards away,” Grace said.
At the time of his death Kildow was wanted on two outstanding felony warrants filed in Carter County District Court in December. The warrants charged him with possession of a firearm after former conviction and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Both charges were the result of Ardmore Police Department investigations. Court records also show Kildow had been charged with domestic abuse/assault and battery twice, once in 2008 and again in 2010. Both times those charges were dismissed.