HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A Lincoln man facing murder and weapons charges in connection with the 2017 death of Jose Hansen said he's not guilty.
Deante Mullen, 19, of Lincoln, faces charges of first-degree murder and use of firearm in commission of a felony.
In Adams County District Court Monday, Mullen pleaded not guilty to both charges.
His case will be scheduled for trial, but the judge Monday scheduled a progression hearing for April 9.
If convicted on the murder charge Mullen could get life in prison.
Jose Hansen's body was found September 11, 2017, by a couple out for a walk in the 700 block of West G Street in south Hastings. Police said he died of an apparent gunshot wound.
About a week later, Lincoln Police arrested Mullen, who Hastings Police had identified as a person of interest in the Hansen investigation. However, Mullen was not charged at that time in connection with the case. Mullen was arrested and charged in the case on December 22, 2017.
He is one of three suspects in the case.
Daniel Harden, 21, is charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony. Harden has asked for a jury trial in Adams County District Court.
If convicted on the murder and weapons charges ,Harden could get life in prison.
Katherine Creigh, 21, of Hastings, is charged with felony accessory in Hansen's murder. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Adams County court on April 16.
As part of the investigation into Hansen's death, investigators conducted forensic lab tests on some of the evidence gathered in the case. Police also said they have conducted "numerous interviews, collected many pieces of physical evidence and continue to piece together the events that led to Hansen's death."
Hastings Police said the individuals met under "false pretenses."
According to police and the Adams County Attorney's Office, the suspects intended to rob Hansen of his belongings. They believe the individuals were acquaintances.
The Adams County Attorney's Office does not believe Hansen was armed at the time and has not commented on whether he had drugs or alcohol in his system.