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Lexington man's murder case in teen's death headed to trial

Lexington man's murder case in teen's death headed to trial

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LEXINGTON — The case of a 18-year-old Lexington man charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Lexington resident is now headed to district court for trial.

Ramon Gonzalez Romero has been charged with felony first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony in the Jan. 2 death of the teen.

Romero appeared for a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Dawson County Court, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Judge Jeffrey Wightman bound the case over to Dawson County District Court for trial.

Arraignment has been set for March 15 at 9:45 a.m. Romero is currently being held without bail.

Romero’s lawyer, Robert Kortus, asked for a bail to be set, citing Romero’s ties to Lexington, including family and employment. He said the evidence doesn’t suggest he is a public threat.

Dawson County Attorney Elizabeth Waterman said this case involves a violent crime and Romero’s situation has not changed. She asked Wightman to defer to the district court on the matter of bond.

Wightman ordered Romero continued to be held without bail, leaving the matter up to district Judge James Doyle.

At 7:25 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021, the Lexington Police Department received a call that there was a 15-year-old Lexington teen with a possible gunshot wound at Lexington Regional Health Center. 

Officers spoke with two individuals, who reported a physical altercation had taken place near Airport Road and 20th St.

Court records indicate Gonzalez Romero had exited a white SUV and fired three rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun at a 15-year-old. The teen was transported to the hospital, but was pronounced deceased.

Officers interviewed one of the three occupants of the SUV who had been riding with Gonzalez Romero before the altercation took place.

One of the occupants of the SUV reported they had been driving around when they started being followed by a black Chevy pickup, whose occupants were the 15-year-old victim and the two individuals officers had spoken to earlier.

The vehicles stopped around 20th St. and Airport Road, records indicate, and one of the SUV occupants reported, at the beginning of the altercation, the 15-year-old possessed a black handgun.

After Gonzalez Romero had allegedly fired the shots, occupants of the SUV asked him, “did you really just shoot him?”  Gonzalez Romero allegedly replied, “Yeah I did,” records indicate.

The investigation revealed Gonzalez Romero had graduated from Lexington High School in 2020, and was currently serving in the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Major Scott Ingalsbe, of the Nebraska National Guard, said Gonzalez Romero was in the process of joining the Guard, but had not yet attended basic training or had been assigned to a unit.

The Lexington Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Gonzalez Romero, who later turned himself in to law enforcement. 

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