Petersen charged in murder of ex-wife

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom

Michael Petersen has been charged with First Degree Murder and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony in the shooting death of his ex-wife, Nancy.

The Buffalo County Attorney filed the charges Thursday morning.  Nancy Petersen was found dead at her home west of Kearney on Nov. 14.

Petersen also faces a murder charge in Grand Island for the Nov. 13 shooting death of attorney Todd Elsbernd.  Elsbernd was shot outside his law firm in downtown Grand Island.

Court records say Elsbernd was Michael Peterson's divorce attorney.  Authorities say a dispute continued between Michael and Nancy since she filed for divorce in 2002.

A court date in Buffalo County has not been scheduled.