UPDATE: 2 p.m. March 8, 2021:
WARRENSBURG — 17th Circuit Court Judge Michael Wagner granted Garland Nelson’s request for a speedy trial on the September 2020 charge of stealing a semi. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on April 20. The judge also granted Nelson’s attorney motion to record or transcribe all court proceedings.
UPDATE: 11:35 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021:
KINGSTON — A Caldwell County judge granted a change of venue request by Garland “Joey” Nelson, of Braymer, to move his case involving the theft of a semi-truck to Johnson County. Nelson was charged in October 2019 with tricking a person into stealing another person’s semi-truck, saying he was the owner. He did this while in jail.
A trial setting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. January 21 for Nelson involving the deaths of Wisconsin brothers Justin, 24, and Nicholas Diemel, 35, in 2019. Nelson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
UPDATE; 11:07 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020:
Garland “Joey” Nelson entered a plea of not guilty in Caldwell County Circuit Court on Dec. 7 to felony stealing charges of a semi-trailer truck in Braymer. The 26-year-old Nelson, who’s being held in Caldwell County Jail on double murder charges, allegedly convinced another person he owned the semi. He allegedly asked that person to take the semi and make it operational to sell. A trial setting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 9 for the stealing charges. His next court appearance is set for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 22 in Johnson County Circuit Court for the 2019 murders of Justin and Nicholas Diehmel.
Original story: 1:54 p.m. Nov. 3, 2020:
KINGSTON – From his jail cell, murder suspect Garland “Joey” Nelson, 26, is now accused of tricking an individual to steal a semi-truck and eventually sell it on his behalf. Nelson, who’s been in jail since July 2019, was charged with stealing on Oct. 30 — adding to Nelson’s murder and related charges in the deaths of Wisconsin brothers, Justin, 24, and Nicholas Diemel, 35, in 2019.
According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office probable cause statement, deputies learned a semi was stolen between Sept. 12-16 from a Braymer home that is normally not occupied. The vehicle sat dormant near the home that many would believe was abandoned, according to the statement. In their investigation, authorities located the person and the semi, both found in Marceline. The unnamed individual told authorities Nelson called him from the Caldwell County Jail, asking him to fix the semi and make it operational to sell. Nelson told authorities he purchased the semi from another inmate for $500. That inmate, who lived across the street from where the theft occurred, denied any knowledge. A plea date for this charge is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 5 in the 43rd Circuit Court in Caldwell County.
Nelson, who’s charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, abandonment of a corpse and armed criminal action, as well as tampering with physical evidence, is scheduled to appear 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1 for a motion hearing on these charges. That case has been moved to Johnson County.