The first-degree murder charge against 16-year-old Brayden Turner was bound over Thursday to Lincoln County District Court.
Turner appeared for a brief preliminary hearing in county court to face two charges: murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Turner, along with co-defendant Jesus Martinez, 16, are charged with the murder of Ethan Pohlmeier, 22, on the night of Sept. 14 in North Platte’s Centennial Park.
Pohlmeier was allegedly shot with a handgun. He died that night. Police looked for the suspects for a month before they were found in Grand Island, thanks to a tip received by the Hall County Attorney.
Turner is represented by public defenders Amanda Speichert and Robert Lindemeier. He was advised of his rights and possible penalties.
If convicted, the two teenagers face maximum penalties of life in prison for murder and 50 years for use of a firearm. They have been held without bond since their arrests. However, in court Thursday, Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo set Turner’s bond at $1.5 million.
No other details have been released about Pohlmeier’s death. The arrest affidavit is sealed from public view, as requested by the prosecution, who said it contains privileged information.