WEST POINT, Neb. | An Oakland, Nebraska, woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges connected with the slaying of a man whose house was burned after he was killed.
Becky Weitzenkamp, 41, entered her plea in Cuming County District Court to single counts of first-degree arson and accessory to a felony. Her trial was scheduled for Nov. 21.
Weitzenkamp is accused of buying a can of lighter fluid and driving Derek Olson to the home of Ernest Warnock to set the house on fire. Olson and his father, Jody Olson, are charged with second-degree murder and other charges for the death of Warnock, 64, whose body was found inside the burned rubble of his rural Rosalie, Nebraska, home on March 11.
Derek Olson, 27, and Jody Olson, 47, both of Oakland, are accused of going to Warnock's home on March 10 to retrieve property belonging to Weitzenkamp. According to court documents, a fight broke out, and Warnock stabbed Jody Olson in the arm before Derek Olson stabbed Warnock several times in the neck and head and hit him in the head with a ball peen hammer.
An autopsy found that Warnock was dead before his home was set on fire. A dog trapped inside the house died in the fire.
Derek and Jody Olson had been scheduled to stand trial on Sept. 25, but their trials were continued on Thursday to Nov. 21.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, accessory to a felony, use of a weapon to commit a felony and first-degree arson. Derek Olson is also charged with cruelty to an animal.