Murder court case continued until end of August

Larry Derrera is facing seven counts for a 2017 murder
Derrera appears in court
Derrera appears in court(Holly Barraclough)
Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 11:21 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A 35-year-old man facing murder charges appeared in court Friday morning.

Larry Derrera is facing seven counts for the 2017 stabbing death of John Fratis of Ogallala.

Derrera appeared before Judge Michael Piccolo in Keith County District Court Friday morning.

Derrera’s lawyer asked that the case be continued to a later date.

Judge Piccolo agreed and set the next date for August 28th at 1:30.

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35-year-old Larry Derrera faces seven counts in the 2017 stabbing death of John Fratis in Ogallala. His bond was set at 10 percent of $500,000, but as of Tuesday has not posted bond. He is currently in the Keith County Jail.

Derrera's next court date is on June 8th at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time in the Keith County Courthouse for an uncontested preliminary hearing.

Derrara went before Judge Edward D. Steenburg Tuesday in Keith County Court for his first appearance. Derrara is being charged on seven counts for the murder he originally told authorities was committed by a 15-year old.

Now 18-year old Amadeus Leroux was the only suspect in the stabbing death of John Fratis in Ogallala on March 28, 2017. Leroux was being tried as an adult after Derrera claimed Leroux was the person who stabbed Fratis several times.


Derrera is being charged with the following:

Count one: 2nd degree murder

Count two: Use of a deadly weapon

Count three: Possess a deadly weapon while committing a felony


Count four: Assault 2nd degree

Count five: Accessory to 2nd degree murder

Count six: Accessory to manslaughter

Count seven: Possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.



In 2017, Larry Derrera of Ogallala told police he witnessed the stabbing, and he blamed Leroux. Now, after a review of evidence by a private investigator and retired FBI agent hired by the Keith County attorney, the story is looking different.

This began when DNA evidence on the murder weapon came back with no trace of Leroux's DNA. There was, however, DNA from both the victim (Fratis) and Derrera. The two have a history of physical altercations, according to a Keith County Court affidavit filed May 19, 2020.

It is now claimed that Derrera and his girlfriend RayLynn Garcia were "engaged in a cover-up and fabrication of the truth," to pin the murder on the teenager.


It is believed that his girlfriend RayLynn Garcia was part of the cover-up, according to court documents. No charges have been filed against Garcia.

Court documents also list each of the people in this case as related either through blood, marriage, or both.

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