The jury trial date was set Friday for an Omaha teen who is one of three suspects charged in the January slaying of a Council Bluffs man.
Xavier Smith-Catchings, 16, was arrested March 5 and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Adam Angeroth, 38. He is being held at the Pottawattamie County Jail and is also charged with robbery and theft in a separate case.
Liam Stec, 21, of Omaha, and Nicholas Haner, 20, of Harlan, are also charged with first-degree murder in connection with Angeroth’s death.
Stec is being held at the Douglas County Jail in Omaha on separate charges of theft by receiving stolen property worth more than $5,000. Stec was arrested Jan. 19 in Omaha inside a vehicle reported stolen from Council Bluffs, according to Douglas County Court records.
Stec’s next hearing in Nebraska is set for April 22.
Haner was arrested March 8 in Des Moines after police there learned from Council Bluffs authorities that Haner was in the area.
On Friday, Haner’s arrest warrant for murder was filed as served into Pottawattamie County Court records. His next hearing is set for April 22, while his jury trial is set for May 29.
Smith-Catchings’ jury trials for both the murder and robbery charges are scheduled for June 4. His arraignment, where he can plead guilty or not guilty, is set for May 6.
According to court records, Smith-Catchings was 15 at the time authorities say Angeroth died. Angeroth’s body was discovered in his apartment at 35 N. First St. on Jan. 24.
Council Bluffs Police said Angeroth was found inside his apartment after no one had seen him for several days.
Angeroth was last known to have been alive at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 20 at his apartment while in the company of the three suspects.
A witness interviewed by detectives said earlier that day, one of the suspects allegedly gave him a shopping list that included zip-ties, duct tape and black bandannas.
The witness allegedly heard the three suspects “discussing killing Adam for having” Haner arrested on Jan. 18.
The witness left the apartment at 12:45 p.m. and returned that evening.
The witness was greeted at Angeroth’s apartment door by a suspect, who was wearing rubber gloves. Inside the apartment, Smith-Catchings allegedly put a gun to the witness’s head and ordered the witness to help “clean up” the scene.
The witness saw “a large amount of blood all over the kitchen and living room area and a body lying on the floor” between the kitchen and living room, which the witness told police was that of Angeroth.
Smith-Catchings was previously charged as a juvenile but his case was waived to district court March 28 because, among other factors, “there is no reasonable prospect of rehabilitation in the juvenile court,” according to the ruling by Judge Kathleen Kilnoski.
All three suspects face life in prison if convicted of murder.