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Svoboda changes plea in murder case

Ed Svoboda has pleaded “no contest” to aggravated homicide by vehicle, one of three murder charges that were leveled against him following the untimely death of his wife, Kathleen.

Svoboda initially pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness to charges of murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree and aggravated homicide by vehicle.

Svoboda was arrested on September 5, 2021 after the Crook County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports that he had driven a truck into his back yard and struck his wife, Kathleen. She was pronounced deceased when the Hulett ambulance arrived on sce...

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