Nebraska Man Dies After He's Attacked With Large Wooden Sticks, Police Say

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Source: Lincoln Police Department

May 24 2022, Published 4:33 p.m. ET

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Three suspects are under arrest in connection to the death of a Nebraska man who was struck in the head with wooden sticks, police said.

On May 23, law enforcement in Lincoln released details on the beating four days earlier that resulted in the city’s first homicide of the year, according to KOLN/KGIN.

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According to police, Derrick Pearson, 32, Briana Jelinek, 31, and 25-year-old Micah Berggren went to the home of Henry Lee Jones on the morning of May 19 to reportedly retrieve property belonging to the female suspect, Jelinek.

Police said the three knew 57-year-old Jones, but did not elaborate on the nature of their relationships.

While outside the victim’s home, police alleged, Berggren attacked a woman at the residence with a blunt object while Pearson hit Jones with a large stick.

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When the fight spilled into the street, police claimed, Jelinek allegedly joined Pearson in striking Jones with a stick.

Following the incident, Jones was rushed to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Results from an autopsy to determine the victim's official cause of death are pending.

Pearson and Jelinek were both arrested on charges of manslaughter, and use of a weapon to commit a felony, and were held on a $500,000 bond each. Berggren faces charges of second-degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony and he was being held on a $250,000 bond.


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