WEDNESDAY 5/19/2021 6:12 a.m.
(AP) – A Missouri farmer accused of attempting to cover up a $215,000 cattle fraud scheme by killing two Wisconsin brothers has been indicted on a federal mail fraud charge.
Twenty-seven-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson already is awaiting trial on state murder and other charges in the deaths of 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.
Their burned remains were found in Missouri and Nebraska after they disappeared while visiting Nelson’s farm in northwest Missouri in July 2019.
The federal charge filed Tuesday focuses on the financial deal that brought the brothers to Missouri.
UPDATE: Man accused of killing Shawano brothers faces theft trial
THURSDAY 3/4/2021 1:12 p.m.
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri man accused of killing two Wisconsin brothers has been charged with persuading someone to steal a trailer while he was in jail.
Garland Nelson’s trial in April on a charge of stealing a motor vehicle is legally separate from his capital murder trial in the July 2019 deaths of Nicholas and Justin Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.
Charging documents in the theft trial say Nelson coerced someone outside of the jail to retrieve a trailer. He told the person he paid $500 for the trailer, but police say he didn’t own it.
Nelson’s murder trial is scheduled for March 2022.
ORIGINAL: Trial scheduled in 2022 for man alleged in killing Shawano brothers
THURSDAY 1/21/2021 5:35 p.m.
KINGSTON, Mo. (WFRV) – The man charged for killing two Shawano Co. brothers is scheduled for a jury trial in Feb. 2022.
Authorities say 25-year-old Garland Nelson of Missouri has charges ranging from first-degree murder to abandonment of a corpse.
The search for the missing men, 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, first started in July 2019.
Authorities say the brothers flew to Missouri to check on some cattle that belonged to their livestock company but never returned.
After finding their rental truck, deputies found Nelson who has been previously convicted for selling cattle that didn’t belong to him.
Nelson was first held at Caldwell County Detention Center but has requested to have his trial at the Johnson County Justice Center in Missouri.
The case has been postponed multiple times with Nelson’s attorney unable to attend and requests for more time.
If convicted of murder, Nelson could face a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.