- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - One of three people suspected in the slaying of a Hastings man has pleaded not guilty.

Court records say 21-year-old Daniel Harden, of Hastings, entered the plea Tuesday in Adams County District Court to charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 26.

Harden and 19-year-old Deante Mullen, of Lincoln, are accused of shooting to death 19-year-old Jose “Joey” Hansen on Sept. 11 during a robbery attempt. Hansen’s body was found by a couple out for a walk. Mullen’s due in court for arraignment Monday.

Mullen’s girlfriend at the time, 21-year-old Katherine Creigh, of Hastings, faces an accessory charge. She’s accused of helping Mullen and Harden avoid arrest after the shooting. Her next hearing is scheduled for April 16.

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