Grand Jury Request in Montevideo Murder 03 May 12

Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson filed a motion Wednesday in District Court in Montevideo asking that a grand jury be convened in the stabbing death of 18-year-old Vinessa Lozano of Montevideo.

24-year-old Darek Jon Nelson of Montevideo is being held in the Chippewa County Jail in Montevideo on second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and second-degree assault charges in her death.

He is accused of fatally stabbing Lozano on January 13th as she left the Pizza Ranch in Montevideo. The two were co-workers.

In Minnesota, only a grand jury can bring an indictment for first-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The West Central Tribune reports the county attorney is asking that a grand jury be convened on May 15th. The court is expected to act on the filing within a day or two.

The criminal complaint on the existing charges contains allegations that Nelson planned his actions. He allegedly told Montevideo police officers after his arrest that he planned to bring the hunting knife used in the stabbing to work “and if she treated him badly, he was going to kill her.’’

According to the complaint, Nelson said he had feelings for Lozano, and was upset that she did not return them.