Cold Spring woman arrested in ex-husband's Sauk Rapids shooting death

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Nov 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (KNSI) - A Cold Spring woman was arrested in South Dakota and faces murder charges after the body of her ex-husband was found in a Sauk Rapids apartment earlier this week, Sauk Rapids police said.

Angelina Mae Omara, 38, was arrested at a truck stop in Souix Falls early Thursday, two days after the discovery of her ex-husband's body, Sauk Rapids police chief Perry Beise said.

James Kelly Omara, 43, was found dead in his apartment on 3rd Avenue South Tuesday with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Officers went to check on Omara after he failed to show up for work, Beise said.

Beise said investigators determined Omara was involved in her ex-husband's killing, prompting a multi-state search for her.

"We understand that she had been living in the apartment on and off during the last month," Beise said. "It's our understanding that it appeared to be amicable, from what the neighbors said."

Beise said investigators did not have information yet on a possible motive. Benton County prosecutors officially charged Omara with second-degree murder Thursday in her ex-husband's death.

Omara's two children, including an infant daughter, were located safe in the custody of relatives.

"That was one of our first concerns and we located her children right away and made sure they were safe," Beise said.

Meanwhile, police in northwestern Wisconsin are also looking into the shooting death of a man believed to be Omara's boyfriend Michael Pies. A man believed to be Pies, 36, was found shot to death at the Anderson's Chequamegon Motel in Ashland Wis. Wednesday night.

Ashland police have not officially identified the victim of Wednesday's shooting as Pies, but were expected to announce more information on the case shortly, according to a department spokeswoman.

Officers in Ashland were asked to do a welfare check on a guest at the motel around 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to a department release. When there was no answer at the door, "officers became concerned as there were reports that foul play might have taken place."

Officers gained entry to the motel room and found the body of a man with a gunshot wound to the head.

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