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Jury Trial Set For Marysville Jail Escapees

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A jury trial was set in Marshall County District Court October 29th for two men involved in a jailbreak in Marysville last fall.

Not guilty pleas were heard from Matson Hatfield and Jeffrey Guenther, whose attorneys requested separate trials. A decision as to that will be made during an August pretrial hearing. Charges include a first-degree murder attempt, and two second degree attempts.

A fire started by inmates allowed escape from the county jail, and shots were fired from two shotguns stolen. Hatfield surrendered a short time later, while Guenther fled in a stolen truck and was arrested just north of the state line after pursuit.

The Kansas Attorney General’s office is assisting in the prosecution.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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