KANSAS CITY, MO (KSHB) — The Braymer man connected to the disappearance of two Wisconsin brothers now faces murder charges in their deaths.
Garland Nelson, 25, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Nicholas Diemel, 34, and Justin Diemel, 24, according to court records. He also was charged with two counts of abandonment of a corpse, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, two counts of armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Nelson was arrested in July, shortly after the brothers’ disappearance, on one count of tampering with a motor vehicle. He has been jailed without bond on the tampering charge since late July.
On July 21, the two brothers drove to Nelson’s farm in the 3300 block of Southeast Catawba Road in Braymer, where Nelson operated his cattle business known as J4S Farms, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Around 11:45 a.m., more than two hours after the brothers arrived at the farm, Nelson said he drove their rental vehicle to Holt, where he left the car with the keys in the ignition at a commuter parking lot.
After abandoning the vehicle in Holt and disposing of the brothers’ cellphones along a roadway, Nelson said “he used a series of different persons who provided him transportation” and was dropped off back at his farm, according to charging documents.
Nelson told authorities that when he returned to the farm, he saw two bodies whom he believed to be Nicholas and Justin Diemel, both dead inside of two 55-gallon metal barrels in a barn south of the residence. Nelson allegedly used a skid loader to move the barrels to an adjacent pasture, where the bodies were burned using an unknown liquid and diesel fuel, according to documents.
Nelson said he then placed the bodies in a manure pile and used the skid loader to crush the barrels and dispose of them on the property, according to documents. He allegedly used a shovel to remove blood from the floor where they were killed.
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