Abilene man‘person of interest' in 27-year-old woman's death

Charles Edward Newman, 36, of Abilene, was named during May 2016 as a "person of interest" in connection with the death of 27-year-old Kendra Keppler. He was arrested on an unrelated charged after attempting to use Keppler's identification information to obtain $200 from her bank account.Story ->

ABILENE, Texas - A 36-year-old Abilene man has been identified as a "person of interest" in the homicide of a 27-year-old woman found dead last week in a south Abilene residence.

"We are trying to determine his exact role in (Kendra) Keppler's death," Abilene police Sgt. Lynn Beard said, referring to Charles Edward Newman.

Newman is being held in Taylor County Jail on an unrelated charge. He was charged after police discovered Thursday – a day after Keppler's body was found – that he had used Keppler's identification information to obtain $200 from her bank account.

His wife, 28-year-old Rachell Newman, also was arrested after she allegedly called a local bank and claimed to be Keppler in order to be issued a check for $200.

"We do not believe his wife, Rachell Newman, was involved in the death but was involved in the fraudulent transaction on Keppler's bank account," Beard said.


Keppler was found dead inside the home in the 3900 block of Whittier Street. Police have said Keppler had been dead for a few days.

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.

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