A man who claims his right to a speedy trial was violated by a Scotts Bluff County District Court ruling has filed an appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
55 year old Roger Beitel is accused of stealing scrap metal from his former workplace and selling it to two local companies.
The case was adjoined with his son Allen’s case and Beitel’s attorney Kyle Long says the court ruled that a motion to sever the two cases needed to be filed to preserve the right to a speedy trial. Long maintains the court also wrongfully excluded a one week period between the ruling and the scheduled trial as part of the six month time period.
Allen Beitel’s trial was held the first week of February and he was acquitted of theft and conspiracy. Roger’s trial is on hold pending a ruling on his appeal.