Written pleas entered in Beatrice shooting death

BEATRICE – A Beatrice man charged in the murder of another man in late 2020, has entered not guilty pleas to charges against him.

25-year-old Brandon Long waived appearance in Gage County District Court and entered written innocent pleas last Thursday, to charges of second-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony.   Long had previously been scheduled to appear in court, this Thursday, April 8th.

Long is accused in the shooting death of 26-year-old Alex Rader, who was standing outside Long’s Beatrice home late the evening of December 30th,  when he was shot. 

If convicted, Long faces up to life in prison for the murder charge and up to 50 years in prison on the weapon count.

Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner scheduled a pretrial conference in the case, for May 20th.  (10 am) 

Long remains in the Gage County Jail on one-million dollars bond.