A murder suspect waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Adams County Court.

Daniel B. Harden, 21, of 2619 Butterfoot Lane was scheduled to have the hearing on Friday morning but the waiver meant the hearing wasn’t needed and Harden’s case was bound over to the Adams County District Court. Clarence Mock of Oakland represents Harden.

Harden and Deante H. Mullen, 19, of Lincoln face charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony, accused of trying to rob 19-year-old Jose “Joey” Hansen and killing him in the process.

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.

A preliminary hearing in Mullen’s case has been scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. Mullen is represented by Gregory Neuhaus of Grand Island.

Mullen’s girlfriend at the time, Katherine E. Creigh, 21, of Lincoln, is charged with accessory to a felony for helping Harden and Mullen avoid arrest after the shooting. Accessory to first-degree murder is a Class 2A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

A preliminary hearing in Creigh’s case has been scheduled for Jan. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Creigh is represented by Cameron Kroeger of Lincoln.

Authorities have said Harden and Mullen allegedly intended to rob Hansen and the attempted robbery lead to Hansen’s death on Sept. 11 in 700 block of West G Street. Hansen was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back which exited the front of his body.


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