Trial delayed for man accused in ‘75 Benson murders

Jerry Nemnich

Signing off on a defense request in-part driven by new evidence in the case, a judge this morning delayed the trial of a man accused of killing a Grand Junction mother and daughter in 1975.

“By all means, yes,” 65-year-old Jerry Nemnich told District Judge Brian Flynn, when asked by the judge this morning whether he was voluntarily waiving his Constitutional right to have a trial within six months of his arrest.

Nemnich, who had been set for trial over three weeks starting April 19, will be re-scheduled for trial to start in October.

Public defenders representing the former over-the-road trucker filed a motion on March 16 asking for the delay. Prosecutors offered no objection and wrote in a court filing that a new round of DNA testing completed Feb. 26 by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has generated “highly significant new evidence.”

“Without going into great detail, suffice to say the testing appears to be highly beneficial to the people’s case against the defendant,” reads a court filing by District Attorney Pete Hautzinger.

Authorities last year alleged Nemnich’s DNA was present in 1975 at the Grand Junction apartment of Linda Benson, 24, and her daughter, Kelley, 5, who were found stabbed to death. Nemnich has pleaded not guilty to both murders.

Read more on the delay of Nemnich’s trial overnight at or in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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