Nebraska woman pleads guilty in death of Rosalie man

WEST POINT, Neb. — A woman has pleaded guilty to giving false information to investigators concerning the death of a man found in a burned house.

32-year-old Jenna Merrill of Oakland, Nebraska, entered her plea Thursday in Cuming County District Court to one count of being an accessory to a felony. She’s set to be sentenced Feb. 7 and will remain in custody until then.

Another woman, 43-year-old Becky Weitzenkamp, was sentenced last month to 18 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to an accessory charge in the case.

The women were among four people charged in the March 10, 2017, death of Ernest Warnock, whose body was found in the burned rubble of his Rosalie home. He had been fatally stabbed.

Two men, Derek Olson and his father, Jody Olson, have each pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, arson and other charges. Their trials will be held separately next year.

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