January trial scheduled for 19-year-old Columbus man accused of fatally stabbing grandmother


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COLUMBUS, Nebraska — A January trial has been scheduled for a 19-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother at the home she shared with him in Columbus.

Chase Micklevitz stood silently at an arraignment hearing Wednesday in Platte Country District Court, and a plea of not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon was entered, the Columbus Telegram reported. (http://bit.ly/1to6CY2 ).

His trial is set to begin Jan. 5. Micklevitz faces 20 years to life in prison on the murder charge and one to 50 years on the weapons charge.

Police have said he stabbed 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz four times on July 30 with a kitchen knife. She was taken to Columbus Community Hospital and then flown to a Lincoln hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Chase Micklevitz fled on foot from the home and was arrested more than an hour later in the parking lot of a chiropractic office. He was taken to the Columbus hospital for treatment of self-inflicted injuries, police said, before being taken to Platte County Jail. He remained there Friday, pending $1 million bail.

Micklevitz is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15 on a charge of attempted assault, to which he had pleaded guilty after prosecutors lowered the charge and dropped another. Online court records say Micklevitz had punched two officers at the county jail on March 15. He'd been arrested the day before on charges of disturbing the peace, criminal mischief and trespassing.

Information from: Columbus Telegram, http://www.columbustelegram.com

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