Man accused of killing 2 Wisconsin men faces theft trial

Associated Press

WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri man charged with killing two Wisconsin brothers has been accused of persuading someone to steal a trailer while he was in jail.

Garland Joseph Nelson, of Braymer, will go on trial April 20 or 21 on a charge of stealing a motor vehicle. 

The trial is separate from the capital murder trial he faces next year in the July 2019 deaths of Nicholas and Justin Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.

Nelson was being held in the Caldwell County jail in the murder case when he coerced someone to retrieve a trailer. Nelson reportedly said he paid $500 for the trailer but police said he never owned it, The St. Joseph News-Press reported.

The stealing charged was filed Oct. 30, 2020. Nelson has been jailed in the murder case since July 2019.

Nelson is accused of shooting the Diemel brothers when they visited his farm to discuss a $250,000 cattle deal. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case. 

The capital murder trial is scheduled to begin on March 3, 2022.