A suspect has been arrested in the death of two men late last week near Indianola, the Red Willow county sheriff said Sunday.

In a statewide press release, Red Willow County Sheriff Alan Kotschwar said authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Charles Edward Decker, 36 of Indianola, who died in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 6 & 34 at approximately 2 a.m. on Oct. 8.

Authorities also found Steven Lee Weaver, 30, a McCook-area resident, dead at the scene.

In connection with the investigation, Alva C. Decker, (male) 33, of Indianola was arrested late the next afternoon, Oct. 9, after an arrest warrant was obtained by investigators. Decker faces three charges — the first-degree murder of Weaver, using a firearm to commit first-degree murder, and conspiring with another person to persons to murder Weaver.

Kotschwar said the cause of the collision is under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol. The sheriff’s office and state patrol are investigating Weaver’s death, he said.

In his financial report, Decker told the court he is destitute. The Nebraska Commission for Public Advocacy was assigned to represent him. As of Tuesday, no bond had been set. It is anticipated Decker will appear later this week in Red Willow County Court, the sheriff said in a press release.

Both decedents were autopsied Friday in Omaha and authorities are awaiting the results.

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office is helping the investigating agencies, Kotschwar said.

The Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy was created in 1995 to provide legal representation to indigent defendants charged with first-degree murder and serious violent or drug related felonies, thereby relieving the counties of the financial burden of hiring a county public defender.


(This report was updated Tuesday morning. -Editor)