Cop: DeKleine had milkshake after killing wife
Posted by Chronicle News Service
January 25, 2008 14:58PM
HOLLAND -- After allegedly killing his estranged wife, Holland police officer Ken DeKleine had his cut lip sewn up with stitches at Holland Hospital's Prime Care, then went to McDonald's for a chocolate shake, according to testimony at a court hearing this morning.
Ken DeKleineThe testimony showed DeKleine apparently left the alleged murder scene about 12:45 p.m. and kept a cool demeanor, telling hospital medical staff a Dutch oven fell off a shelf and hit him in the mouth, causing the cut.
In a confession he gave to Michigan State Police Detective Gary Miles, DeKleine also told police he went to Model Drug store to buy some peroxide for the lip after being treated. He went to work at the police station at about 3:45 p.m.
Miles said DeKleine, who seemed mostly expressionless throughout today's probable cause hearing, confessed to strangling his wife after he hid in her home. She bit him on the lip during a fight, he said.
Defense attorney Floyd Farmer asked few questions. However, he focused one question on whether DeKleine talked about being concerned his wife was having an affair with her therapist.
Miles said DeKleine did tell him that.
Several relatives of the DeKleine family were in the courtroom, but did not want to comment. DeKleine's brother sat on one side of the room, behind Ken DeKleine and his attorney, while Lori DeKleine's family sat on the other side.