Woman reaches plea agreement in Nebraska homicide case

WEST POINT, Nebraska (KTIV) – A second person charged as an accessory in the 2017 murder of a Bancroft, Nebraska, man has reached a plea deal.

Thirty-one-year-old Jenna Merrill will plead guilty to the charge.

Her trial was set to begin November 13 in Cuming County District Court.

Court documents indicate Merrill was in a car, with Jody and Derek Olson, when it was stopped in Dakota County, Nebraska after the murder of 64-year-old Ernest Warnock took place back in March of 2017.

According to court documents, if Merrill cooperates with further discovery in the Jody Olson trial, the state would  not file additional charges against her that could come out of the case.

Warnock’s body was found inside his burned-out home in March of 2017.

Authorities say Warnock had been stabbed to death before his house was set on fire.

Derek Olson and his father Jody Olson, have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including second-degree murder.

Jody Olson’s trial is set for Jan. 14, 2019 while Derek Olson’s trial is set for March 11, 2019.

A fourth person in the case, Becky Weitzenkamp, was sentenced to 18-20 years in October after her conviction on accessory to a felony.

 

Blake Branch

Blake Branch

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