Red Wing man charged with strangling girlfriend at motel in Hastings

(Hastings, MN) — A Red Wing man now faces first-degree murder charges for allegedly strangling his girlfriend at a Hastings motel in May 2021.  Dakota County prosecutors say a grand jury indicted 34-year-old Kyle Williams in the death of 36-year-old Kelly Jo Kocurek.  He was already charged with second-degree murder.  The criminal complaint says Williams was screaming when officers arrived at the motel and claimed that Kocurek strangled herself.  She was hospitalized in a coma for five days before she died.  Williams’ bond is set at two million dollars with conditions.