Change of venue granted for theft charge in Nelson case

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A motion for a change of venue was sustained on January 3rd for 27-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson of Braymer on a felony stealing charge. Online court information indicates the case was transferred from Caldwell County to Adair County. No date has yet been announced for the case to be heard in Adair County.

Nelson pleaded not guilty to the stealing charge in October. A motion for a change of judge was suspended in November, and Judge Ryan Horsman was assigned to the case.

A probable cause affidavit accused Nelson of convincing another man that Nelson owned a semi-tractor parked at a Braymer residence. Nelson allegedly requested the semi be moved without the consent of the actual owner.

Nelson remains charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Nick and Justin Diemel of Wisconsin. In that case, he also has been charged with two counts each of abandonment of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, and armed criminal action. He also faces one count each of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin in Johnson County on June 6th in the murder case. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for May 2nd.

A probable cause statement accused Nelson of shooting the Diemels, putting their bodies into 55-gallon barrels, and burning the bodies. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office reported the remains were found in Missouri and Nebraska.

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