The jury selection process begins Tuesday morning in Adams County District Court for a murder case against a 22-year-old Hastings man.
Daniel B. Harden faces charges of first-degree murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony, and conspiracy to commit robbery. Harden is one of two men accused of trying to rob 19-year-old Jose “Joey” Hansen and killing him in the process in 2017.
After the jury is selected, testimony is expected to begin Wednesday. The trial is scheduled to take two weeks, with an expected conclusion on Nov. 1.
Authorities say an attempted robbery led to Hansen’s death on Sept. 11, 2017, in the 700 block of West G Street. Hansen was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back. The conspiracy charge stems from an alleged plan between Harden and co-defendant Deante Mullen to arrange a drug deal with the intent to commit robbery.
Mullen, 21, of Lincoln and Katherine Creigh, 23, of Lincoln also have been charged in the case.
Mullen faces charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony. He pleaded not guilty March 5, 2018. A pre-trial hearing in his case has been set for Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.
Creigh, Mullen’s girlfriend at the time, also was charged with accessory to a felony for allegedly helping Harden and Mullen avoid arrest after the shooting. A preliminary hearing in Creigh’s case has been scheduled for Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.
First-degree murder is a Class 1 or Class 1A felony punishable by death or life in prison, respectively. Use of a firearm to commit a felony is a Class 1C felony punishable by five to 50 years in prison. Conspiracy to commit robbery is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Accessory to first-degree murder is a Class 2A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.