Accused Murderer, Michael Petersen plead no contest to first degree murder in Hall County District Court Monday. Petersen was charged in the November shooting death of his ex-wife, Nancy Petersen.
In exchange for the no contest plea, the charge of use of a weapon to commit a felony was dropped. Also there is a limit to what his sentence can be, however the limit was not disclosed.
Judge John Icenogle accepted his plea and found Petersen guilty. He will be sentenced at a date to be determined after a presentence report is made.
Buffalo County investigators say Petersen used a rifle to shoot his ex-wife outside her rural Kearney home.
Petersen is also charged with first degree murder and use of a deadly weapon in the shooting death of his divorce lawyer, Todd Elsbernd. Petersen plead not guilty to those charges in February in Hall County District Court.
Petersen's status hearing date is set for May 12.
Petersen is being represented in both cases by attorney Jeffery Pickens from the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy.