Four months after two Wisconsin men disappeared in Northwest Missouri, prosecutors in Caldwell County have now filed murder charges in connection with their deaths. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Sheriff Jerry Galloway announced that 25-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson now faces two counts each of first degree murder, abandonment of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and armed criminal action. It’s the latest development in the disappearance of 34-year-old Nicholas Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel of Wisconsin. The Diemels flew to Missouri in July with plans to meet Nelson to discuss a cattle transaction and collect a check. However, the brothers failed to show for their flight back to Milwaukee on July 21st.
Nelson had been jailed without parole after he was initially charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, after the truck the brothers rented had been found abandoned in a commuter lot. Human remains were later found on Nelson’s farm. Galloway says Nelson could face the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole if convicted on the murder charges. Nelson’s arraignment is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.
Watch Wednesday morning’s press conference, which was streamed by Alpha Media station KKWK in Cameron, Mo.: