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Trial delayed until March for Dawson County slaying suspect

November 19, 2018

LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a man charged with murder in south-central Nebraska’s Dawson County.

The Kearney Hub reports that 42-year-old Jose Regalado-Mendez had sought the delay, which was granted Friday. His new trial starting date: March 5. His trial had been set to begin Dec. 11 .

Regalado-Mendez, of Lexington, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the October 2016 slaying of 37-year-old Jose Hernandez. Prosecutors say Regalado-Mendez shot Hernandez and hid the body near a farmhouse north of Lexington. The remains were found Dec. 12, 2016.

The records say Regalado-Mendez has filed notice that he intends to rely on an insanity defense . He’s been found competent to stand trial.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, http://www.kearneyhub.com/

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