The capital murder case of Jereme Nelson, a man accused of a triple homicide that occurred Oct. 30 of 2016, continues to move through the court system.
Nelson is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Sept. 6.
According to a release by prosecutor David Yoder, Nelson is expected to waive his right to an evidentiary hearing, and no testimony is expected during the preliminary hearing. Judge Joe Dickenson will preside over the hearing.
The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine whether the prosecutor has enough evidence to justify further criminal proceedings. A preliminary hearing is held in open court. One video and one photographic camera will be allowed in the courtroom for use by news media.
Nelson is facing a possible death penalty, which led district court judge Joe Dickenson to appoint the Death Penalty Defense Unit to Nelson’s defense team. The unit has assigned three team members to Nelson’s case. Charges against Nelson include capital murder and three first-degree murder charges.
Both 35-year-old Nelson and 31-year-old Myrta Rangel were arrested Jan. 12 near Rosarito, Mexico, by Mexican authorities on warrants connected to the murders. Murder charges against Rangel were dropped. She is facing several weapons charges in federal court.
According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, three people were found dead in a driveway in the 8600 block of Spring Lake Road near Alta Mills - between Hesston and Moundridge - Oct. 30. Investigators also found an 18-month-old child in the house, who was unharmed.
According to a report from the Kansas Department of Corrections, Nelson has prior convictions for meth, firearms, burglary and theft. He was also listed as an absconder.