Jury trial delayed again for man accused of killing four near Ogallala in 2017

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OGALLALA, Neb. -- (KNOP) There's another delay in the Nebraska trial of a Kansas man charged in the collisions deaths of four Iowa motorcyclists. Tuesday's trial for Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez is not in Feb. 2020.

Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez is facing four counts of Motor Vehicle Homicide/Reckless & Willful Driving, misdemeanor reckless driving and failure to stay in lane after four Iowa people died in 2017 near Ogallala. Cisneros-Hernandez has pled not guilty to all charges. (SOURCE: Jacque Harms/KNOP-TV)

Cisneros-Hernandez's attorney asked for the delay on November 27,2019. It was approved Tuesday, Dec. 3 as the jury trial was set to begin. Judge Michael Piccolo signed off on the delay.

Prosecutor's say Cisneros-Hernandez's vehicle his two motorcycles carrying two people each in July 2017 near Ogallala. Killed were Sheila and James Matheny from Bedford, Iowa, and Michael and Jerolyn Weese of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The jury trial is now Feb. 4, 2020. He is facing four counts of Motor Vehicle Homicide/Reckless & Willful Driving, misdemeanor reckless driving and failure to stay in lane. Cisneros-Hernandez has pled not guilty to all charges.

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August 2017
UPDATE: The Kansas man accused of killing 4 motorcyclists near Ogallala makes his first court appearance in a wheel chair. Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez faces four felonies, motor vehicle homicide.
He is also accused of reckless driving and failure to stay in his lane.

He appeared before Judge Edward Steenburg. Authorities say he crossed the center line on Highway 21 in July, which resulted in the death of four motorcyclists.

He's been in the Keith County Jail over the weekend after being transported from Kansas.

At his arraignment, he was charged with 4 Class 3A Felonies, each punishable by a maximum of three years in prison. Hernandez requested a spanish translator for his arraignment.

His next court appearance will be on August 21st at 1pm for a preliminary hearing. His bond is set for $50,000.
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ORIGINAL STORY (Aug. 4): Kansas man, Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez, says he was exhausted when he hit two motorcycles and killed four people near Lake McConaughy in July.

He is accused of vehicular homicide for the crash deaths of four Iowa people in near Ogallala. Authorities say Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez, was driving a car and crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 26 south of Lake McConaughy on July 1.

NBC Nebraska obtained the arrest warrant. It details how Cisneros-Hernandez was driving "while exhausted." He gave a video statement to Nebraska State Patrol Trooper, Trooper Tyler Kircher. Cisneros-Hernandez said he had about an hour of rest between the end of his working shift and beginning his drive home from Sidney, Montana, to Liberal, Kansas.

No court date is set for Cisneros-Hernandez in Keith County. His bond is 10% of $50,000.

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Original Story: July 5
The weekend crash that claimed the lives of four motorcycle riders is still under investigation, however, Keith County Attorney Randy Fair said Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez of Liberal, Kansas was the driver of the SUV which struck the motorcyclists.

He was taken to Colorado for treatment of his injuries sustained in the crash.

Nebraska State Patrol is in charge of the investigation with help from the Ogallala Police Department and the Keith County Sheriff’s Office.
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ORIGINAL STORY:
Four motorcycle riders are killed in a crash that happened south of Lake McConaughy on Saturday morning, the Nebraska State Patrol says.

It happened on Highway 26 by mile marker 136 in Keith County.

According to NSP, "a vehicle crossed the center line and struck two motorcycles traveling in the opposite direction. Each motorcycle was carrying two riders."

The riders have been identified as Sheila Matheny, 54, and James Matheny, 61. They are both from Bedford, Iowa.

The other two motorcyclists killed in the accident are Michal Weese, 58, and Jerolyn Weese, 59. They are both from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to a hospital in Colorado.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.