A woman who claimed self-defense in the June 20 stabbing of a known Alabama sex offender is being charged with murder.
Nicole R. Skyberg, 26, was arrested June 24 for the murder of Aaron Michael Jerrell, 44, that took place at a rest stop in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
The body of the registered sex offender was found lying outside his truck on the ramp leading from a rest stop back onto Interstate 65. Emergency personnel pronounced Jerrell dead at the scene at about 2 p.m. on June 20, reports NY Daily News. Jerrell is reported to have bled to death after being stabbed in the arm.
Skyberg, who was a passenger in Jerrell’s truck and is reported to have stayed on the scene, was initially released by police after questioning. The California woman told authorities that she stabbed Jerrell in self-defense. Police say the woman’s story changed multiple times and further investigation into Jerrell’s death warranted Skyberg’s arrest, reported AL.com.
"The investigation continued," Shepherdsville Officer Ken Bernardi told WDRB. "We talked to more witnesses, examined more physical evidence and, after meeting with the Commonwealth Attorney's office, an arrest warrant was obtained."
Witnesses told investigators they saw Jerrell attempting to run away from Skyberg, NY Daily News reported. A woman reportedly tackled Skyberg to stop her from further hurting Jerrell, according to AL.com. Physical evidence included a folding knife that was recovered from the scene and is thought to have been used in the fatal stabbing.
Reports say Skyberg’s claimed details of how the incident transpired changed from first telling police that Jerrell came at her with a knife, to then claiming he made sexual advances toward her. According to the arrest warrant, Skyberg later told police nothing had happened between them.
Records confirm Jerrell was convicted of raping a 14-year-old in 2000 and was a registered sex offender. He would have been 28 years old at the time of that crime.
Investigators have not yet been able to determine how the two met or where they were headed. In a press conference on June 26, Bernardi said Skyberg might have been hitchhiking. She was reportedly from California.
Skyberg is currently being held at the Bullitt County Jail and investigators continue to look for tips, Bernardi said. The case is expected to go before a grand jury, reports WDRB.
Photo Credit: Colbert County Sheriff's Office/Shepherdsville Police Department via AL.com