A second murder case in the death of a 19-year-old Hastings man in 2017 has been sent to the district court.

Deante H. Mullen, 19, of Lincoln waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Adams County Court. Mullen’s attorney, Gregory Neuhaus of Grand Island, filed a waiver of the hearing in exchange for investigative reports.

Adams County Judge Michael Mead bound the case over to the Adams County District Court.

Mullen and Daniel B. Harden, 21, of 2619 Butterfoot Lane face charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony, in the death of 19-year-old Jose “Joey” Hansen on Sept. 11, 2017.

Harden, represented by Clarence Mock of Oakland, waived his preliminary hearing on Friday but did not appear in court. His case, too, was bound over to district court.

Authorities have said Harden and Mullen allegedly intended to rob Hansen and the attempted robbery lead 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.

Mullen’s girlfriend at the time, Katherine E. Creigh, 21, of Lincoln, is charged in the case. She faces a charge of accessory to a felony for helping Harden and Mullen avoid arrest after the shooting.

A preliminary hearing in Creigh’s case had been scheduled for Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., but her attorney, John Berry of Lincoln, asked to continue the case to Feb. 21 at 9 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. Accessory to first-degree murder is a Class 2A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.


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