Man’s Trial Set for Killing Former North Platte Woman

deanna micklevitz obit picCOLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — 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, so a plea of not guilty was entered. His trial on charges of second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon is set to begin Jan. 5.

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