Hastings murder suspect wants jury trial

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A Hastings man facing murder and weapons charges in connection with the 2017 death of Jose Hansen wants a jury trial.

Daniel Harden, 21, is charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Harden is one of three suspects in the case.

Deante Mullen, 19, of Lincoln, faces charges of first-degree murder and use of firearm in commission of a felony. A judge scheduled Mullen's preliminary hearing in Adams County Court for January 23. He's being held on $1,000,000 bond.

Katherine Creigh, 21, of Hastings, is charged with felony accessory in Hansen's murder. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled January 23.

Harden Tuesday asked for a jury trial in Adams county district court. If convicted on the murder and weapons charges, he could get life in prison.

Jose Hansen's body was found September 11 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.

All three were arrested December 22 for Hansen's death.

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 had intentions of robbing 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 did not comment on whether he had drugs or alcohol in his system.

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