Three suspects charged in the shooting death of 19-year-old Jose “Joey” Hansen made their initial appearances in Adams County Court Wednesday.

Daniel B. Harden, 21, of 2619 Butterfoot Lane, Deante H. Mullen, 19, and Katherine E. Creigh, 21, both of Lincoln, were read their rights for the hearings in county court.

Harden and Mullen face charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony, accused of trying to rob Hansen and killing him in the process.

Creigh, Mullen’s girlfriend at the time, is charged with accessory to a felony for helping Harden and Mullen avoid arrest after the shooting.

During the hearings Wednesday, each suspect was brought in one at a time. Each wore shackles on their wrists and ankles. Harden and Mullen wore somber expressions while Creigh was tearing up during her hearing.

Harden indicated his intention to hire Clarence Mock of Oakland to represent him. Adams County Judge Michael Mead scheduled a further hearing for Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. to set a preliminary hearing.

Mullen told the judge that his family planned to hire an attorney, but he didn’t know who that would be at this point. Mead set a further hearing in the case for Jan. 5 at 9 a.m.

Creigh was represented by Cameron Kroeger of Lincoln at her hearing. He asked for a preliminary hearing to be set about a month out. Mead scheduled a preliminary hearing in her case for Jan. 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Kroeger also asked for a bond reduction in the case, citing family support in Hastings. He said she has a 2-year-old child and is pregnant.

Adams County Attorney Donna Fegler Daiss opposed any reduction because Creigh has failed to appear for previous court hearings as a juvenile.

Mead left the bond as set at $500,000.

“I think the protection of the public is the issue here,” Mead said.  

Creigh also faces a charge of third-degree assault in an unrelated case. She entered a not guilty plea and Kroeger asked for a status hearing in that case at the same time as her preliminary hearing.

Bond for Harden and Mullen also remained at $1 million, though neither asked for it to be reduced.


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