WARRENSBURG — Garland “Joey” Nelson, 26, Braymer, will face a jury on April 20 for stealing a semi while in custody in the Caldwell County Detention Center on double murder charges.
St. Joseph News-Press reports the prosecution plans to enter into evidence nine recorded phone conversations between Nelson and a former Caldwell County inmate, up to eight witnesses’ testimony and photos of the stolen semi and the Braymer residence where the vehicle was taken. Additionally, prosecutors also plan include the federal court case in which Nelson pled guilty to illegally selling cattle.
From his jail cell, Nelson is accused of tricking an individual to steal a semi-truck and eventually sell it on his behalf in October 2020. The person told authorities Nelson told him he owned the truck, which he did not. Nelson has pled not guilty of the charge.
Nelson is also accused of killing brothers Nicholas Diemel, 35, and Justin Diemel, 24, of Shawano County, Wisc. in 2019. Special prosecutor Stephen Sokolov successfully argued in court in October 2020 to keep the abandonment of a corpse charges, as Nelson allegedly admitted to authorities he disposed of the brothers’ bodies, but didn’t kill them.
A change of venue request by the defendant was granted in January to conduct the stealing-related trial in Warrensburg.