Rogelio Diaz, 33, of North Platte pled not guilty Monday to second-degree homicide.
Diaz was arrested last summer after police found his wife, Michelle, unconscious at their home on June 25.
In court Monday, defense attorney Stephen Potter said he and the county attorney only need to speak with one more witness before a plea agreement could be reached.
“We’re trying to negotiate this,” Potter said. “If not, I’ll have some motions to file.”
Harling echoed Potter’s statement and requested more time for evidence discovery.
Rowlands continued the case until June 4. If a plea agreement is not reached by then, Rowlands said Diaz would go to trial before a 12-person jury.
According to the police, Diaz called rescue crews around 2 a.m. to the home he shared with his wife at 1920 W. 18th.
Michelle was unresponsive when rescuers arrived, police Lt. Rich Thompson said. Rescuers summoned police and took Michelle to Great Plains Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. She left two children, ages 7 and 10.
Diaz has been jailed since, held on $2 million bond.