Bond set for former Bellevue officer accused of tampering charges in girlfriend’s death

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 1:37 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2020 at 4:18 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Craig Wiech, a former Bellevue officer appeared in court Thursday for allegedly tampering with evidence following his girlfriend’s death.

His bond was set at $25,000 and his preliminary hearing has been waived.

Authorities say Wiech, 54, may have tampered with evidence connected to his girlfriend’s death two years ago. Court documents show that the body of 48-year-old Carrie Brown, a BPD evidence technician, was moved. The victim’s blood was found smeared around the house after her death, but not on the suspect’s clothing.

Wiech said she shot herself in the bedroom.

“Could more charges be filed in this case? I mean that’s always a possibility in any case if there’s more evidence to suggest another crime,” said Brenda Beadle, Chief Deputy Douglas County Attorney.

Beadle said tampering is the only charge they can bring right now.

“Then we have to make a decision whether or not we can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt and that’s significantly different than probable cause to arrest, so very different standards,” she said.

“We have met with some family members -- Carrie’s daughter and her aunt. We’ve explained everything, the best of our abilities. It is frustrating for some people but again we have to look at the confines of the law and evidence. And in this particular case right now the evidence warranted us with charging of tampering," Beadle said.

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