Fleming murder trial set for February 19


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The trial for Chuck Fleming in the 2003 death of his mother, Carol Fleming, is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. The trial is set for 6 days.

Fleming appeared in the Mitchell County Courthouse this week with Attorney Jennifer Dahlstrom who was filling in for Defense Attorney Julie Effenbeck.

12th District Chief Judge, Kim Cudney, informed Dahlstrom and Mitchell County Attorney Mark Noah that a total of 90 individuals will be summoned for the qualification process of 36 jurors.

On July 16, 2018, Chuck Ray Fleming, 46, was arrested in Johnson County and returned to Beloit on a charge of First Degree Murder of Carol Fleming on August 16, 2003 in Beloit.
Fleming appeared in a two day preliminary hearing on Oct. 17 and 18 last month with District Magistrate Judge Debra Wright presiding.

The hearing led to a probable cause decision on the part of Judge Wright to hold Fleming over for trial which again, will get underway at 9 a.m. on February 19. If convicted, Fleming faces the possibility of life in prison or potentially the death penalty.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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