Police: Holland police officer says he strangled estranged wife

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Authorities say a 13-year Holland police veteran has confessed to strangling his estranged wife.

One of their children found the body Thursday of 43-year-old Lori DeKleine, and police arrested 44-year-old Officer Ken DeKleine on an open murder charge Friday. Holland District Court Judge Susan Jonas denied him bond at Monday's arraignment.

The Grand Rapids Press and The Holland Sentinel report Ottawa County sheriff's Lieutenant Mark Bennett signed an affidavit quoting DeKleine as saying he hid in his wife's home until their two teenage children left, then strangled her with a nylon strap.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday with defense lawyer Floyd Farmer.

WOOD-TV says a judge had ordered DeKleine not to contact his wife.

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