Missouri farmer charged in killing of Wisconsin brothers

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Nick and Justin Diemel (Courtesy of Lisa Diemel) Nick and Justin Diemel (Courtesy of Lisa Diemel)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -

The Latest on charges filed against a Missouri farmer in the killing of two brothers from Wisconsin (all times local):

12:05 a.m.

Court documents say a Missouri cattle farmer fatally shot two Wisconsin brothers who drove to his business to collect a $250,000 check, then burned their bodies.

Twenty-five-year-old Garland Nelson, of Braymer, was charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Nick and Justin Diemel of Shawano County, Wisconsin. Their father reported them missing July 21 after they didn't board a homebound flight.

The probable cause statement says Nelson abandoned a pickup truck the brothers had rented. He then used a skid loader bucket to move the large metal barrels containing the brothers' bodies to a pasture, where he burned them. He said he dumped what was left of the remains on a manure pile and used the skid loader to crush the barrels.

11:10 a.m.

A Missouri cattle farmer has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two missing brothers from Wisconsin.

Court documents filed Wednesday in Caldwell County, Missouri, show Garland Nelson of Braymer is also charged with two counts of abandonment of a corpse, evidence tampering and other counts.

Nick and Justin Diemel of Shawano County, Wisconsin, were reported missing July 21 . They had been visiting Nelson's northwestern Missouri farm while on a trip related to their cattle business.

Human remains were found on the farm but haven't been publicly identified.

Nelson was charged in July with tampering with a vehicle rented by the brothers. Authorities say he abandoned the truck at a commuter parking lot.
 

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