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"The only thing (Kryger) said about it was, 'They're going to try and turn you against me,'" Nagel said.
"My gut said it could possibly be him," Nagel said Friday, adding, "but my heart said no."
In truth, Kryger pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a 2008 case that was originally charged as a rape, kidnapping and burglary. The plea deal sent him back to prison just weeks after his release on a 16 year assault case and spared him from having to register as a sex offender.
Kirkegaard, 56, was found dead in her bathtub on March 16, naked, strangled and the victim of a sexual assault. Police sent the video of a man thought to be the killer, captured by the surveillance cameras of a mosque near Kirkegaard's home, to local media outlets.
Miller actually helped Kryger and his uncle tear out carpet at the apartment complex.
Christopher Dean Kryger (inset, from 2008) lives in this mobile home park off West Burnside Street in Sioux Falls.
Police used a photograph of Kryger, wearing what appeared to be the same plaid jacket, in Nagel's phone.
But Lori Nagel said she immediately thought of her boyfriend, 40 year old Christopher Dean Kryger, when she saw surveillance video of a man in a plaid jacket who police called the suspect in the killing of Kari Anne Kirkegaard. And Michael Miller said he, too, wondered if the person in the video on TV newscasts was his former prison roommate.
Television stations played the video several nights in a row, along with pleas to the public for help.
"The first time we had seen him in years was that Saturday, at the Hy Vee on 10th Street," Patricia Miller said. "He was all chipper and, like, 'Hey it's great to see you.' He and Mike started catching up, and they were just kind of hanging out, and we even invited him to a barbecue at our place."
2008 story: Christopher Kryger spent most of his adult life in prison
"I'm in shock right now," Nagel said. "I keep thinking it could have been me. somebody else lost their life."
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he immediately thought of Kryger and called him at his girlfriend's place.
Kryger spent the night of March 15 at Nagel's house, which is just blocks from Kirkegaard's.
a mutual friend and connected with him. He was honest about his prior convictions, about his time in prison, she thought. She knew he'd been accused of rape, but thought he'd been exonerated.
Kryger had told police he'd gone to a cookout at Miller's house on Friday, March 14, the night police believe Kirkegaard was killed. But Miller said he and his wife, Patricia, had been in New York for a school related function they both are seeking business administration degrees at Southeast Technical Institute and had just got back to town when they ran into Kryger on Saturday, March 15.
After having run into Kryger on March 15, Michael Miller said he gave his former prison roommate rides numerous times over the next five, six days. He drove Kryger to the bank. He drove him to Redwood Estates in east Sioux Falls, where Kryger helped his uncle with maintenance and custodial work.
Court papers: Affidavit in arrest of Christopher Kryger
officially arrested Friday afternoon.
CDT March 28, 2014
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