Update: Man’s body discovered in barrel

POSTED BY:  Channel 8 Eyewitness News

BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) _ Another trial starting date has been set for a Nebraskan accused of killing a Colorado man and stuffing his body into a barrel. The trial of Zachary Mueller is scheduled to begin the first week of January.

The 25-year-old has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and related weapons charges. He’s accused of killing 33-year-old Pedro Dominguez, of Greeley, Colorado. A farmer found the barrel near Bayard, Nebraska, on Dec. 4 last year. Authorities say Dominguez had been shot in the back of the head.

It’s the second trial delay approved for Mueller. His first trial starting date was Sept. 6, then Nov. 14.

Source: KNEP