18-year-old charged in south Omaha murder appears in court

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 10:14 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The 18-year-old charged with the murder of Jolene Harshbarger in south Omaha appeared in front of a judge for the first time on Wednesday.

Daniel Dejaynes-Beaman is currently facing two charges: first-degree murder, a Class 1 felony with a maximum sentence of 50 years; and felony use of a weapon, a Class 3 felony.

Omaha Police found Jolene Harsharger dead at 7:50 a.m. Sunday when they were called to a residence near 20th and Y streets, just east of Highway 75, for a death investigation.

Dejaynes-Beaman, who had noticeable injuries to his hand when appearing in court, was arrested Monday morning and booked into Douglas County Corrections after Harsharger was found in her bedroom with multiple stab wounds on her hands, arms, upper back, and on the back of her neck, court records state.

Authorities tell 6-News the autopsy evidence is still being processed, but that she appeared to have been sexually assaulted.

During the court appearance, the state said Harshbarger had been “violently sexually penetrated.”

Jolene Harsharger was found dead Sunday morning, Oct. 31, 2021.
Jolene Harsharger was found dead Sunday morning, Oct. 31, 2021.(Courtesy photo)

The documents reveal that Dejaynes-Beaman, who had been living in Texas, admitted during an interview to having a physical altercation with the victim and then stabbing her with a knife. He grew up in Omaha but had only been back in town for a week with his father.

The investigation hasn’t revealed how or if the two knew each other, but the details from the court appearance did confirm the knife used to kill Harshbarger was also found at the scene.

A public defender will be appointed for Dejaynes-Beaman, with a preliminary hearing set for Dec. 14.

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