August hearing set in ’75 Grand Junction slayings |

August hearing set in ’75 Grand Junction slayings

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 19 in the case of a Longmont man charged in the 1975 stabbing deaths of a Grand Junction mother and her daughter.

District Judge Brian Flynn scheduled the hearing Wednesday.

Attorney Steve Colvin, representing 64-year-old Jerry Nemnich, says the extra three months are needed to dig through “voluminous” amounts of police reports ” many handwritten in the 1970s.

Nemnich is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder and burglary in the July 1975 deaths of 24-year-old Linda Benson and her 5-year-old daughter, Kelley.

Police say they linked Nemnich to the murders through DNA evidence. His arrest affidavit remains sealed.

Nemnich is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $3 million bond.