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Missouri livestock farmer charged with killing Shawano County brothers bound over for trial

Green Bay Press-Gazette logo Green Bay Press-Gazette 4/16/2020 Benita Mathew, Green Bay Press-Gazette
a man in a blue shirt: Garland Joseph Nelson © Courtesy of Caldwell County Detention Center Garland Joseph Nelson

KINGSTON, Mo. - A Missouri livestock rancher was bound over for trial Thursday on charges he killed two Shawano County brothers and hid their bodies.

Garland Nelson, 25, is charged with killing Nicholas Diemel, 35, and Justin Diemel, 24, from Shawano County and burning and burying their bodies on his farm to cover the crime, according to court documents filed in Caldwell County, Missouri.

The brothers own Diemel's Livestock in Navarino. They went to Nelson's property to collect a $250,000 check from him for cattle he was taking care of, the documents say.

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After his preliminary hearing was delayed several times, Nelson appeared in court via video Thursday and waived his right to the hearing. His case was bound over for trial in Caldwell County Circuit Court, court records show.

In addition to two murder charges, Nelson is also charged with two counts each of armed criminal action, abandoning a corpse, tampering with evidence, and a single count of illegally possessing a firearm as a felon. 

In 2016, Nelson was convicted in federal court of cattle fraud and sentenced to two years in prison for scamming his victims out of more than $262,000. 

Family members of the brothers also filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Nov. 26 seeking damages from Nelson, his mother, Tomme Feil, and J4s Farm Enterprises. Nelson worked for J4s after his mother created the company in mid-2018.

He is scheduled to appear for an arraignment May 4, where he will enter a plea.

RELATED: Document: Missouri man Garland Nelson shot, burned Shawano County brothers Nicholas and Justin Diemel

Contact Benita Mathew at (920) 309-3428 or bmathew@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @benita_mathew.

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