Prosecutors add charge to Hastings murder case

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings man who already faces murder and weapons charges for a 2017 shooting death now faces another charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Daniel Harden, 22, is charged in connection with the September 2017 death of Jose Hansen.

Prosecutors have now added the robbery conspiracy charge, saying that he communicated with others to set up a meeting for a drug deal intending to rob Hansen. Harden's attorney wants the judge to throw out the new charge arguing that there's no evidence to support it.

Harden's trial in Adams County District Court is scheduled October 22. If convicted on the murder and weapons charges, he could get life in prison. A conviction on the conspiracy charge would carry a max penalty of 50 years in prison.

Harden is one of three suspects in the case.

Deante Mullen, 19, of Lincoln, faces charges of first-degree murder and use of firearm in commission of a felony. He's being held on $1,000,000 bond. Trial against Mullen is pending. A pre-trial hearing in the case is scheduled November 11 in Adams County District Court.

Katherine Creigh, 21, of Hastings, is charged with felony accessory in Hansen's murder. Her preliminary hearing in Adams County Court is scheduled November 7.

Jose Hansen's body was found September 11, 2017, by a couple out for a walk in the 700 block of West G Street in south Hastings.

Police said he died of an apparent gunshot wound.

About a week later, Lincoln Police arrested Mullen, who Hastings Police had identified as a person of interest in the Hansen investigation.

However, Mullen was not charged at that time in connection with the case.

All three were arrested December 22, 2017, for Hansen's death.

As part of the investigation into Hansen's death, investigators conducted forensic lab tests on some of the evidence gathered in the case. Police also said they have conducted "numerous interviews, collected many pieces of physical evidence and continue to piece together the events that led to Hansen's death."

Hastings Police said the individuals met under "false pretenses."

According to police and the Adams County Attorney's Office, the suspects had intentions of robbing Hansen of his belongings. They believe the individuals were acquaintances.

The Adams County Attorney's Office does not believe Hansen was armed at the time and did not comment on whether he had drugs or alcohol in his system.

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