LINCOLN -- A 41-year-old Lincoln man is in jail accused of killing his wife at their home near 81st and Meredith. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says Kent Burkland faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of 41-year-old Bettina Burkland. Peschong says they were called around noon Monday when Bettina's co-workers reported that she had not shown up to work. Peschong says investigators met with Bettina Burkland's relatives at the house, where they forced their way inside since the doors and windows were locked. They found her body in the hallway and a knife was next to her, but Peschong says an autopsy will determine how she died. Peschong says a truck was missing from the garage and Kent Burkland was nowhere to be found. However, investigators found out that he liked to do a lot of fishing at area lakes and Lancaster County deputies eventually tracked Burkland down at Conestoga Lake near Denton, where he apparently would like to fish. He was taken into custody without incident and arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Peschong says the couple apparently had been arguing during the course of Sunday evening. The investigation continues.
Kent Burkland (Courtesy of Lincoln Police)