‘He will never be seen again’: Documents detail murder investigation in Red Willow County
Recently released court documents are providing more details about a murder investigation in Red Willow County.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Recently released court documents are providing more details about a murder investigation in Red Willow County.
Alva Decker, 33, of Indianola, was arrested last week on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.
Officials say Decker’s brother, 36-year-old Charles Decker, died as a result of a car crash on Hwy. 6-34 in the early morning hours of Oct. 8.
Steven Weaver, 30, of McCook, was also found dead on the scene.
Investigator Jeffrey Van Stelton wrote in an affidavit for Decker’s arrest that he received a call from another deputy about a fatality accident in which one victim appeared to have suffered injuries inconsistent with a car crash.
Evidence on the scene indicated both vehicles – one apparently driven by Charles Decker and the other by Weaver – were headed east on Hwy. 6 when the crash occurred, Van Stelton said in the document.
Investigators say a silver Toyota, believed to have been driven by Weaver, was found in a ditch and had a green paint transfer on it’s bumper. A green Honda was determined to have entered the opposite ditch and rolled several times before ejecting Decker, according to court documents.
Van Stelton said Weaver was found dead near the green Honda and was bleeding from the back of his head and mouth area, even though no blood was seen in his vehicle.
Officers reportedly located five .22 caliber shell casings and a .380 semiautomatic handgun that had its serial number removed in Charles Decker’s vehicle.
Officials saw what they believed to be a gunshot hole in Weaver’s jacket and a wound on the top of his skull that appeared to be consistent with a gunshot, according to court documents.
Prior the crash, Charles and Alva Decker had approached another deputy at a gas station and asked for his phone number, Van Stelton said in the documents. During the conversation, Charles Decker “talked about not liking Weaver” and how “if they find they will zip tie him” and that Weaver “won’t make it back to town,” according to the documents. The deputy said Alva Decker also commented about having guns, but did not elaborate, according to the documents.
That deputy reportedly got a phone call later that night from Alva Decker saying his brother had been involved in a crash, that he believed he was dead and that there was possibly a shooting involved.
During an interview with investigators, Decker said Weaver had been “chasing after” his teenage daughter, according to the arrest affidavit. When his brother found out about the relationship between the daughter and Weaver, he drove from Kansas to McCook and asked Decker for a gun, according to court documents. The documents say Charles Decker told his brother he wanted to “take care” of Weaver, but Alva talked him out of it and later resolved the issue after meeting with Weaver.
After learning that Weaver’s children had recently been removed from his custody for allegations of sexual conduct, Charles Decker told his brother he would “take care of it,” and that Weaver would “never be seen again,” according to the documents.
Alva Decker said he got a call from his brother who told him, “I’m going to end this son of a b—- now,” according to court documents.
At the end of the call, Decker told deputies he heard popping noises that made him think his brother had been involved in a crash so he headed toward the scene, according to court documents.
Decker told deputies he heard loud bangs “like fireworks or a gun going off” when he arrived at the scene. He also saw a vehicle leaving the area and believed that Weaver was in the car, so he followed the vehicle during which time he called the deputy he had spoken to at the gas station, according to court documents.
Decker also told deputies he was concerned about the location of his gun and that he thought his brother or someone else may have removed it from his truck, according to court documents.
A criminal complaint filed in Red Willow County Court alleges Decker killed Weaver “purposely and with deliberate and premeditated malice.”
The Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release no date or time has been scheduled for Decker’s appearance in the Red Willow County Court but it is anticipated he will appear later this week.