St. Cloud Woman Pleads Guilty to Fatally Bludgeoning Father

October 05, 2017 02:01 PM

A St. Cloud woman has pleaded guilty to fatally bludgeoning her father in January of 2016 with an ax-like tool.

Forty-year-old Lisa May Kearney pleaded guilty to and was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday. She has a sentencing hearing scheduled for Nov. 30.


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Kearney was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, two days after her father, 66-year-old Jeffrey Eugene Schilling of St. Cloud, was found dead in his home with a blanket over his head and blood splattered on the wall and ceiling near his body, according to the criminal complaint. 

An autopsy report lists the cause of death as brain injuries due to an assault. Police say a short-handled maul was leaning against a wall near the victim's body.

The complaint states a neighbor and law enforcement confirmed a strained relationship existed between Kearney and her father.

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Schilling's vehicle, wallet, keys and computer tablet all were missing. When Kearney was arrested in Louisville on Jan. 6 of 2016, police say she had the wallet, keys and tablet with her.

Kearney faces a maximum of 40 years in prison per state law.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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