Nebraska man's 2nd trial in beating death of grandson scheduled to begin in June

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HASTINGS, Nebraska — A June date has been set for the start of a Nebraska man's second trial in the death of his grandson.

Peter Draper, of Naponee, in January was granted a new trial by the Nebraska Supreme Court as it reversed his 2013 convictions in the death of 2-year-old Joseph Rinehart Jr.

The high court unanimously sided with Draper, who had appealed his conviction on the grounds that his wife should not have been allowed to be called as a witness for the prosecution.

Court documents say the second trial is scheduled to begin June 22 with jury selection. The documents say the trial will be held in Adams County District Court in Hastings because the Franklin County District Court courtroom is inadequate.

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