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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Nelson case may be moving forward again

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  • There is new information in the first-degree murder case against Darek Jon Nelson, 25, of Montevideo. On Oct. 12, District Judge Dwayne Knutsen confirmed an order finding that Nelson was mentally competent to stand trial in the January 13 fatal stabbing of his co-worker, Vinessa Lozano. The original competency order was issued April 2 after review of a mental health evaluation performed at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center. A hearing on the charges scheduled for May 25 was delayed while the defense submitted the evaluation for review by its own experts. The defense did not file an objection to the original evaluation, according to recent court documents. A grand jury previously indicted Nelson on first-degree, premeditated murder, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release. More on the future of these proceedings will be available in next week's American-News.

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