Petersen Waives Preliminary Hearings in Shooting Deaths

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email
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Charges against the Glenvil man accused of killing his ex-wife and former attorney are moving forward.

Investigators say that Michael Petersen, 58, drove to his ex-wife Nancy's rural Kearney residence the morning of Nov. 13, shot her to death with a rifle, then went to Grand Island where he shot and killed attorney Todd Elsbernd that evening. Elsbernd represented Petersen in his divorce.

Petersen faces first degree murder charges for each of their deaths.

On Tuesday, he waived his right to preliminary hearings in both Buffalo and Hall County Courts. Both hearings were held in Hall County, though Petersen had been scheduled to be in Buffalo County Tuesday morning. The Buffalo County Attorney says the change was for "convenience." Petersen has been in the Hall County Jail since his arrest.

The two cases are now bound over to District Court, and because the two counties are in the same judicial district, attorneys plan to keep the hearings in Hall County.

A date and time for the first Buffalo County District Court hearing is yet to be set, but Petersen is due in Hall County District Court on Feb. 18, 2014.

Petersen is being represented in both cases by attorney Jeffery Pickens from the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy.

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