Montevideo Murder Plea Deal 07 Nov 12

A Montevideo man accused of stabbing a co-worker to death last winter has filed a motion seeking to plead guilty to 2nd-degree murder. A grand jury has indicted 25-year-old Darek Nelson on a 1st-degree premeditated murder charge for the January 13th killing of 18-year-old Vinessa Lozano. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole, and Nelson also faces charges of 2nd-degree murder with intent and 2nd-degree assault. Lozano was stabbed a total of 33 times after the two completed their shift at the Montevideo Pizza Ranch, and Nelson reportedly told police that she had rejected his romantic advances. Prosecutors intend to file a motion opposing the defense request to plead guilty to 2nd-degree murder, and say that the court is not likely to accept the plea.