2 charged in southwest Nebraska slaying plead not guilty

January 29, 2020 GMT

IMPERIAL, Neb. (AP) — Two people accused of kidnapping and killing a woman in southwest Nebraska have pleaded not guilty.

Chase County District Court records say Kevin German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Keonna Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah, entered the pleas Tuesday to charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. A trial date is not listed.

They’re accused of leaving 22-year-old Annika Swanson, of Imperial, in a drainage pipe in a Chase County pasture on Nov. 14. The records say Carter told investigators that German beat up Swanson and, accompanied by Carter, forced Swanson down into the pipe.

Using Carter’s information, authorities found and recovered Swanson’s lightly clad body from the pipe. Her father had reported her missing three days earlier.

German also is suspected of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman who authorities have said is safe now.