Suspected Cold Case Murderer Faces Judge

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

A man accused of stabbing a mother and daughter to death back in 1975 has been formally charged.

Jerry Nemnich, 64, faced a judge today in a court proceeding nearly forty years in the making.

Nemnich is charged with killing Linda Benson, 24, and Kelley Benson, 5.
He was arrested earlier this month after a recent break in the case.

Today he was formally charged with four counts of murder and two counts of burglary.

Grand Junction Police say Linda and Kelley were stabbed to death in their home during an apparent robbery in the Chateau apartments on July 24th, 1975.

The Mesa County District Attorney’s office has missed its window to seek the death penalty, after it was overturned by the Colorado State
Supreme Court back in 1978, three years after the murders.

Nemnich’s arrest affidavit detailing what may have happened the night of the murder is still sealed.

He is expected back in court in late May.

The District Attorney’s office says this case is a testament to the diligence of investigators over time.


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