Trail delayed for suspect in murder of Pedro Dominguez who was found dead in a barrel

Posted at 8:58 AM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 10:58:48-05

BRIDGEPORT, Neb. -- Another trial starting date has been set for a Nebraskan accused of killing a Colorado man and stuffing his body into a barrel.

The trial of Zachary Mueller is scheduled to begin the first week of January, according to KNEP-TV. The 25-year-old has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and related weapons charges. He's accused of killing 33-year-old Pedro Dominguez, of Greeley, Colorado.

A farmer spotted the barrel floating along Red Willow Creek east of Bayard, Nebraska, on Dec. 4 last year. He called the Morrill County Sheriff's Office after opening the barrel.

Authorities say Dominguez had been shot in the back of the head.

It's the second trial delay approved for Mueller. His first trial starting date was Sept. 6, then Nov. 14.