Airman 1st Class Rhianda Dillard


The judge advocate general at Offutt Air Force Base has set April 3 for the court-martial of Airman 1st Class Timothy Wilsey, who is charged with murder in connection with the strangling death of a female 55th Wing airman in her Offutt dormitory last year, a wing spokesman said Tuesday.

Airman 1st Class Rhianda Dillard, 20, was found dead on Aug. 1, 2016, after failing to show up to her job as a cybersystems operation specialist with the 55th Strategic Communications Squadron.

Surveillance footage showed Wilsey, then 20, walking into Turner Hall with Dillard three days earlier and walking out alone a short time later. He then went absent from the base without leave, and she was never seen alive again.

Wilsey was arrested 11 days later in Emporia, Virginia. In his possession was a journal that an agent from the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations testified was penned in Wilsey’s handwriting, describing the murder in lurid detail.

In March, the Air Force referred charges of premeditated murder and desertion against Wilsey. He is being held in Offutt’s confinement facility.

If convicted, Wilsey could face life without parole for murder and up to three years for desertion.

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