Testimony Continues in Antelope County Murder Trial

NELIGH - Testimony continues today in a double murder trial in Antelope County.  33-year-old Matthew Hinrichsen of Ewing is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing his former girlfriend, Victoria Lee, and her husband, Alex Vargas, on the night of December 8th. He is also accused of setting fire to the trailer home where the murders took place, burning both bodies. Hinrichsen is not denying that he is responsible for the deaths, but is arguing that they were not premeditated. According to the website of the Neligh News and Leader, one of the owners of the Fry Dairy, Kent Fry, testified on Tuesday about Vargas’s employment and that he had frequently seen Lee on the dairy property. Francisco Campos, also an employee of Fry Dairy, testified through an interpreter that he had been asleep in the trailer home when the fire broke out, managed to escape and called Fry, who then called 911. Nelighnews.com further reports that Holt County Deputy Mark Liewer and Holt County Chief Deputy Ed Nordby also testified on Tuesday. A jury of seven men and five women is hearing the evidence.