Trial won’t be moved in western Nebraska barrel body case

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

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BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP)

The trial of a man accused of stuffing a Colorado man’s body into a barrel after killing him in 2015 won’t be moved to another location.

Morrill County District Court judge Leo Dobrovolny ruled Tuesday that 25-year-old Zachary Mueller’s trial would be held in Bridgeport.

Lawyers for both sides started narrowing down a pool of 120 potential jurors on Tuesday. Opening arguments could be held as soon as Wednesday.

Mueller has pleaded not guilty to killing 33-year-old Pedro Dominguez of Greeley, Colorado.

A farmer found the barrel with Dominguez’ body inside near Bayard, Nebraska, on December 4, 2015. Authorities said Dominguez had been shot in the back of the head.