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December trial set in Dawson County slaying

December trial set in Dawson County slaying
Courtesy/ Dawson County Sheriff's Office. Manuel Juarez-Mendez also known as Jose Regalado-Mendez.

Lexington, Neb. —  A December trial has been scheduled for a man charged with murder in south-central Nebraska’s Dawson County.

Dawson County District Court records say 42-year-old Jose 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.  The trial is set to begin Dec. 11 in Lexington.

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