The state of Missouri is seeking the death penalty for accused killer Garland Joseph Nelson, defense attorney Patrick Berrigan confirmed.
Nelson is accused of killing two Wisconsin brothers, Nicholas and Justin Diemel.
Nelson has a new judge and new attorneys, including Berrigan, Missouri CaseNet records show.
A search of CaseNet records indicates Judge Kevin Walden has been assigned to handle Nelson’s case. The previous judge in the case, Brent Elliot, ordered the change of judge.
Walden handles cases in the 8th Circuit, Carroll and Ray counties, according court records. He was appointed to the circuit court in 2017 by then-Gov. Eric Greitens, according to a news release.
Devon Pasley and Thomas Jacquinot are joining Berrigan to complete Nelson’s new defense counsel.
According to the Missouri State Public Defender’s website, Berrigan handles cases “almost exclusively devoted to the defense of indigent persons charged with capital murder.”
One of Nelson’s previous public defenders, who is still listed as a member of his defense team, had filed a motion to change the venue of Nelson’s proceedings.
It wasn’t immediately clear Wednesday if that request had been granted.