Klimek charged with three counts of murder
An Alexandria man was charged with murder in Douglas County District Court in Alexandria on Tuesday.
Kody Lee Klimek, 25, of Alexandria is accused of fatally stabbing Phillip Joel Altstadt on Saturday, June 1. Altstadt, 28, of Alexandria died on the lawn outside Lincoln Estates apartments in Alexandria.
Klimek is being held in Douglas County Jail on a $1 million bond. He faces conviction for three felony murder charges: one count of second degree intentional murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment, one count of second degree unintentional murder with a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment and one count of murder in the third degree, which has a maximum 25-year imprisonment sentence.
New details about the case are included in the criminal complaint:
On Saturday, June 1 at approximately 1:11 p.m. Alexandria police officers and emergency medical services were dispatched to Lincoln Estates, 1705 6th Avenue East, in response to a reported stabbing. When officers arrived at the scene, Altstadt was found lying in the grass.
Altstadt had been stabbed in the arm and chest. He was declared deceased at 1:16 p.m. Cause of death was later identified as exsanguination due to a stab wound in the chest. A bystander had been applying pressure to Altstadt's arm wound prior to emergency personnel's arrival.
Investigation into the events leading up to the attack indicate that Klimek and Altstadt got into an argument in the parking lot. Witness accounts state that after Klimek shouted to Altstadt, that Altstadt had approached and pushed Klimek who retaliated with a knife he was known to carry, according to the court criminal complaint. A witness said the push didn't appear to be "very hard."
After stabbing Altstadt, Klimek walked away from the scene toward the All-Stop gas station and hastened his pace once bystanders began screaming, according to court documents.
Klimek was apprehended at gunpoint without incident on 7th Avenue East within 40 minutes of the 911 call and had a bloody knife in his possession. The arresting officer, Keith Melrose, reported there was blood on Klimek's face, hands and clothing.
Once in Melrose's squad car, Klimek stated, "He came at me, I was scared for my life," as recorded in the court complaint.
Klimek's case will be presented to a grand jury by Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson. Klimek's next court appearance is scheduled for June 10.
Phillip Altstadt was born in Detroit Lakes. He later attended high school in Alexandria. A member of the Class of 2003, he was a wrestler who later went on to study at Alexandria Technical and Community College. Altstadt was a car enthusiast and liked to fish, draw and spend time with his two daughters, Nevaeh and Eden, and his dog, Ike. A funeral service was held Thursday, June 6 at Christina Lake Lutheran Church in Evansville.
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