By Keith Skenandore
Garland Nelson, the Missouri man who has been connected to the disappearance of Nick and Justin Diemel of Navarino, is now facing murder charges in their deaths.
Nelson, 25, was charged this morning by the Caldwell County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with two counts of first-degree murder of the Diemel brothers.
According to a press statement, Prosecuting Attorney Brady Kopek also charged Nelson with two counts of abandonment of a corpse and two counts of armed criminal action. Additional charges of tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of a firearm were filed.
The murder charges are Class A felonies which carry a range of punishment of life in prison without parole or death. The charges of Armed Criminal Action are unclassified felonies which carry a range of punishment of not less than three years or life in prison.
Additionally, the charges of Abandonment of a Corpse and Tampering with evidence are Class E felonies which carry a penalty of up to four years imprisonment. The charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm is a Class D felony and is punishable by up to seven years in prison.
“It should be noted that charges against a person are just allegations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Kopek said in the press statement.
Kopek said the case is extremely complex and has required the hard work of many officers and agencies joining together to investigate and solve this case.
“We appreciate their efforts,” he said.
Nick, 35, and Justin, 24, were in Braymer, Mo., conducting affairs related to their Diemel’s Livestock cattle business.
The Diemel brothers didn’t make their July 21 return flight out of Kansas City after their travels to the area.
This story will be updated as more information from the prosecuting attorney’s office of Caldwell County becomes available.