17-year-old suspect in Omaha homicide appears in court

Juan Velasquez, 17, is charged with first-degree murder and will be tried as an adult.
Published: Sep. 8, 2023 at 4:43 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The 17-year-old boy arrested in connection with an Omaha homicide investigation made his first appearance in court Friday.

He was initially arrested last Friday in Council Bluffs after Juan Carlos Tobar-Abarca, 43, was found dead last Thursday near 121st Street and Bel Drive.

Juan Velasquez is being charged as an adult with first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He has also been denied bond.

Velasquez’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 16.