A 19-year-old Lincoln man denied charges connected to a shooting homicide Monday in Adams County District Court.
Deante H. Mullen pleaded not guilty to 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.
Adams County District Judge Stephen Illingworth accepted the plea and scheduled a progression conference for April 9 at 4 p.m.
Authorities say Mullen and Daniel B. Harden, 21, of 2619 Butterfoot Lane allegedly intended to rob Hansen and the attempted robbery lead to Hansen’s death on Sept. 11, 2017, 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.
Harden also faces charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony. He pleaded not guilty on Feb. 27 and his progression hearing was set for March 26 at 10:30 a.m.
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.
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 April 16 at 2 p.m.