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Keel indicted for wife's murder

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Lynn Keel is escorted by officers into the Nash County Sheriff’s Office on March 22 in Nashville.

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BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

NASHVILLE — A Nash County man is going to have to answer in Superior Court for the slaying of his wife about seven months ago.

Lynn Keel, 57, was indicted by a grand jury on Monday on a charge of murdering Diana Keel, 38, court officials in Nashville told the Telegram.

The action means Lynn Keel will either have to try to reach a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office or face a jury trial.

Sheriff Keith Stone told the Telegram that he is quite pleased with the latest development and that he believes there is a good case against Keel.

“And we’ll just wait for the time that the district attorney puts it into the courtroom,” Stone said.

Stone said there never will completely be closure for Diana Keel’s family and friends because of the loss of life, the children being without a mother and the family being without a member.

“However, what it does ensure is that this person, if convicted, will be put away and it will be a safer society,” Stone said.

As for what is next, generally, a criminal case in Superior Court in North Carolina goes through a series of administrative hearings over a period of months.

This is so the prosecution and the defense attorney can keep track of developments prior to the closure of that case.

Although a trial against Lynn Keel would be a long way away because of such an extensive process, Stone said of the case, “I think we’re very prepared and ready to go.”

Lynn Keel, of the 200 block of Old County Home Road, fled more than 2,000 miles by vehicle before Arizona state troopers stopped him on March 17 on Interstate 10 in Tucson. He was extradited on March 22.

Diana Keel was reported missing on March 9. Her body was discovered in a wooded area on March 12 by a state transportation worker in the Leggett area of rural Edgecombe County.

A warrant for Lynn Keel’s arrest was issued on March 15, but warrants state the Nash County Sheriff’s Office determined Keel had left in his father’s 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Stone told the Telegram that Keel is being held without bond at Central Prison in Raleigh.

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