BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) - The trial of a Nebraska man accused of killing a Colorado man in 2014 and stuffing his body into a barrel is scheduled to begin this week.
Scottsbluff radio station KNEB reports (https://bit.ly/2hHo4cQ ) that jury selection is set to begin Tuesday in Bridgeport in the trial of 25-year-old Zachary Mueller if there are no further delays. The first-degree murder trial has already been rescheduled twice.
Mueller has pleaded not guilty to killing 33-year-old Pedro Dominguez of Greeley, Colorado.
A farmer found the barrel with Dominguez’ body inside near Bayard, Nebraska, on December 4, 2014. Authorities said Dominguez had been shot in the back of the head.
A pool of 120 potential jurors has been called for the trial, which is expected to last roughly a week. Opening arguments could begin as soon as Wednesday, once 12 jurors and two alternates are selected.
The latest delay was approved in November after defense attorney Sarah Newell asked for more time to analyze a cellphone found near Mueller’s home. The defense believes the phone belonged to Felicia Talley, Dominguez’ girlfriend who had previously had a child with Mueller. Prosecutors have said Talley may have witnessed the homicide.
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