Garland Nelson makes court appearance in Diemel brothers case

Garland Joseph Joey Nelson

The Braymer farmer charged with two felony counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two Wisconsin brothers appeared via Polycom in the Associate Division of Caldwell County Circuit Court on Thursday morning.

Online court information indicates that upon motion of Garland Joseph Nelson, his case was continued to February 6th for a preliminary hearing setting or waiver.

Nelson also faces felony charges of two counts each of abandonment of a corpse, tampering with evidence in a felony prosecution, and armed criminal action as well as one count each of first degree tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being held without bond.

Nick and Justin Diemel were reported missing July 21st after traveling to Caldwell County to collect on a reported cattle debt of $250,000 from Nelson. Caldwell County Sheriff Jerry Galloway said dental records confirmed the identifications of the brothers whose remains were recovered November 21st.

Family members of the Diemels filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Nelson, Nelson’s mother Tomme Feil, and J4S Enterprises, the Feil-owned farm company that employed Nelson.