A preliminary hearing for a 21-year-old Lincoln woman accused of helping murder suspects evade authorities was continued Wednesday to allow time for her to enter residential drug treatment.
Katherine E. Creigh’s attorney, John Berry of Lincoln, asked for a continuance until April 16 at 2 p.m.
Berry said that if Creigh, who is currently in jail awaiting trial, is able to secure placement at a residential treatment facility, he would work out a stipulation with prosecutors to allow a furlough of her bond for treatment.
Creigh faces a charge of accessory to a felony for helping her boyfriend Deante H. Mullen, 19, of Lincoln and Daniel B. Harden, 21, of 2619 Butterfoot Lane get out of town after the death of 19-year-old Jose “Joey” Hansen on Sept. 11, 2017.
Authorities have said Harden and Mullen allegedly intended to rob Hansen and the attempted robbery led to Hansen’s death on Sept. 11 in the 700 block of West G Street. Hansen was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back, with the bullet exiting the front of his body.
Harden and Mullen face charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony.
Harden, represented by attorney Clarence Mock of Oakland, waived his preliminary hearing on Jan. 19, and his case was bound over to the district court.
Mullen waived his right to a preliminary hearing Jan. 23 in Adams County Court. Mullen’s attorney, Gregory Neuhaus of Grand Island, filed the waiver of the hearing in exchange for investigative reports.
First-degree murder is a Class 1 or Class 1A felony punishable by death or life in prison, respectively. Prosecutors haven’t indicated whether they will pursue the death penalty. Use of a firearm to commit a felony is a Class 1C felony punishable by five to 50 years in prison. Accessory to first-degree murder is a Class 2A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.