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Grand jury brings first-degree murder indictment against Darek Nelson in fatal stabbing in Montevideo, Minn.

MONTEVIDEO -- Darek Nelson now faces the possibility of life in prison for the fatal stabbing of Vinessa Lozano, 18, on Jan. 13 in Montevideo.

A grand jury returned an indictment this afternoon for first-degree murder - premeditated, to the District Court in Chippewa County, according to Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson.

The grand jury had been convened on Tuesday. Nelson, 24, was arraigned on the charge this afternoon. The court raised his bail from $750,000 to $1 million, and he remains in the Chippewa County Jail.

Nelson was charged shortly after the stabbing with second-degree murder, manslaughter and second-degree assault. Only a grand jury can bring a first-degree indictment.

He is accused of stabbing Lozano with a hunting knife after she left the Pizza Ranch in Montevideo at the end of her shift. He was a co-worker and allegedly upset that she did not return his interest in her.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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