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Murder case of Columbia Falls college student heads to Kentucky grand jury, bond remains at $2M

Charles Escalera
Posted at 10:52 AM, Mar 07, 2024

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY — The man accused of killing his wrestling teammate — 18-year-old Josiah Kilman of Columbia Falls — last month in Kentucky appeared in court on Wednesday where prosecutors say he has admitted to Kilman's murder.

Our Scripps sister station, WLEX, reports that 21-year-old Charles Escalera appeared in court on March 6, 2024, over Zoom in Campbellsville, Kentucky.

A detective with the Campbellsville Police Department gave a short testimony about the night of the murder, which occurred in the early morning hours of February 24, 2024.
The detective testified that the incident may have stemmed from a confrontation in a cafeteria. He said that Escalera admitted to killing Kilman.

The judge found probable cause in the case, sending it to a grand jury.

Escalera's bond remains at $2 million.