Two homicides in two days in south-central Nebraska may be related and a suspect is jailed.
An arrest has been made in the death of Grand Island attorney Todd Elsbernd, who was shot Wednesday night in front of his law office in downtown Grand Island.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol arrested 58-year-old Michael L. Petersen of Rural Glenvil last night as he drove on J Street just east of Hastings. He was armed but offered no resistance.
Petersen will be booked into the Hall County Detention Center on charges of 1st-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
In what may be a related incident, authorities have ruled the shooting death of a woman in Kearney as a homicide.
The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old Nancy Peterson’s death was not a random act, and preliminary evidence suggests she knew her assailant. Peterson’s body was found yesterday morning near her home southwest of Kearney.
Authorities have ordered an autopsy on Peterson. Michael will appear in Hall County Court this morning. Micheal Petersen may very well face charges in Buffalo County as well.
Tyson Havranek, KHAS, Hastings