Northeast Nebraska man pleads guilty to arson, no contest to murder

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MADISON, Neb. (KCAU) – In the murder case of a Cuming County, Nebraska man, one suspect has now pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and guilty to second-degree arson.

Derek Olson was originally charged with second-degree murder, uses of a weapon to commit a felony, second-degree arson, and cruelty to an animal.

He is accused of killing Ernest Warnock in March of 2017 and then burning the house while his father Jody Olson was present. 

As part of a plea agreement Monday in Madison County, Derek’s charges were amended to just second-degree murder and guilty to second-degree arson.

The state of Nebraska will recommend that Olson be charged for 40-60 years for the murder charge and another 4 years for the arson. 

Olson’s father has already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

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