Miguel Castillo made his first appearance in court for the shooting death of Tyler Schoenrock.
Castillo was officially charged with accessory to a felony by the Lancaster County attorney. At the courthouse, Castillo's girlfriend and another friend told Channel 8 he's innocent. Meanwhile, authorities continue to search for the second man, Adrian Casares.
Castillo showed little emotion as he stood before a judge at the Lancaster County Courthouse. He's officially charged with accessory to a felony in connection with the murder of 25–year old Tyler Schoenrock who was found shot to death on a rural road north of Lincoln.
Castillo's girlfriend and another friend spoke with us after the hearing Monday afternoon.
"I was in shock, I didn't know what to think or who to talk to."
According to an arrest affidavit Castillo and another man, 20–year old Adrian Casares, a known gang member who has served time in prison, drove with Schoenrock to the area where he was killed in the early morning hours of December 30th.
In the documents, Castillo stated he saw Casares get out of the car with the victim.. He then said he heard gunshots, then saw the victim fall to the ground.
The women say they don't believe either man could have done this.
"Obviously, for Tyler's family and closure for them, we hope that the right person gets punished for what happened."
An arrest warrant was issued last Friday for Casares who has since been on the run.
"I know Adrian better than I know Miguel. And I just can't wait to see their smiling faces again, you know what I mean? Just because this whole thing is really sad."
An accessory to a felony conviction carries a penalty of one to twenty years in prison.
By: Bill Schammert email@example.com It's a call you never want to get, it means disaster has struck. But, the Lincoln Area Urban Search and Rescue Team is always ready. Now, they must be readyMore >>
It's a call you never want to get, it means disaster has struck. But, the Lincoln Area Urban Search and Rescue Team is always ready. Now, they must be ready again as 80 men and women are being deployed to Oklahoma.More >>
By: Megan Palera firstname.lastname@example.org An elderly Lincoln woman is mourning the loss of her dog after it was attacked by a pit bull Sunday night. The big question now: is the neighborhood safe? The CamposMore >>
A pit bull attacked and killed a neighbor's dog in Lincoln. Animal Control is investigating.More >>
By: Bill Schammert email@example.com It was out with the old and in with new Monday night at the Lincoln City Council meeting. Three new members were sworn into their elected offices. It's a senseMore >>
Lincoln City Council welcomes its newest members.More >>
Posted By: KLKN Newsroom firstname.lastname@example.org Beginning Tuesday, May 21, S. 17th Street from South to "A" streets will be closed for about eight weeks for street rehabilitation. The project was originallyMore >>
S. 17th Street from South to "A" streets will be closed for about eight weeks for street rehabilitation.More >>
By: Jenn Schanz email@example.com Linda McPherson and her husband have lived near 9th and B for almost 30 years. But over the past couple, Linda says the forgotten property next door has cast a shadowMore >>
Neighbors say the house has been abandoned for two years.More >>
By: Cole Miller firstname.lastname@example.org While most kids are now anxious to get out of high school, deputies say two teens tried to break back in. The quiet hallways of Raymond Central High School cameMore >>
Two former Raymond Central students were arrested over the weekend for burglary.More >>
Posted By: KLKN Newsroom email@example.com OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Authorities in Omaha have launched a task force to investigate any connection between last week's killings of a Creighton University professorMore >>
Police are trying to find if there's a link between the recent killings and a case from 2008.More >>