WARRENSBURG — The trial for the Braymer man accused of killing two Wisconsin brothers in 2019 has been set for February 2022. Over his objections, Garland “Joey” Nelson, 26, will face a Johnson County jury, scheduled for Feb. 7, 2022, according to Missouri Casenet. If the trial begins as planned, it would be 31 months since his arrest.
Nelson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Nicholas and Justin Diemel, as well as other felonies related to the crime. The brothers were reported missing in July 2019 after traveling to Braymer to collect on a reported cattle debt. A probable cause statement accuses Nelson of shooting the brothers, putting their bodies in barrels and burning the bodies. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office previously confirmed dental records were used to identify their remains, which were found in Missouri and Nebraska in November 2019.
Additionally on Jan. 21, Nelson was in court for an October 2020 charge involving the theft of a semi-trailer truck by deceit. Nelson and his attorneys requested a speedy trial for the theft count, in which special prosecuting attorney Stephen Sokoloff objected. A motions hearing is scheduled for Feb. 17 on that count.
Nelson remains in custody in the Caldwell County Jail and so far has been denied face-to-face visits with his attorneys.