Wisconsin Brothers Family Attorney Says It’s Clear Why A $ 2 Million Settlement Was Quick | KOLR
CALDWELL COUNTY, Missouri (WDAF) – It was one case that baffled the nation: the murder of two brothers from Wisconsin, Missouri, over a cattle trade that went wrong.
The man charged with the murder, Garland Nelson, remains on trial while his lawyer fights for a change of jurisdiction.
But the families of those murdered have already won a battle without ever having to enter a courtroom. This month they received a $ 2 million settlement from the company Garland Nelson worked for.
The lawsuit alleged that J4s Farm Enterprises, owned by Nelson’s mother, was negligent in knowing that Nelson could not be trusted and should have warned Nick and Justin Diemel. The brothers’ remains were found in Missouri and Nebraska.
“Garland Nelson had a history of livestock fraud violence. A protection order was issued against him in 2015, ”said Langdon and Emison’s lawyer Bret Emison.
“He was convicted by the federal government of cattle fraud for selling pledged cattle. He was sent to jail and shortly after his release his mother started J4s Farm Enterprises. Garland was suddenly back in the cattle business. “
Nelson’s mother, Tomme Feil, did not respond to FOX4’s phone calls for comment. Nelson has pleaded innocent on all charges.
The lawsuit alleged that J4s Enterprises owed the brothers $ 250,000 for livestock and tried to pay with a check that was so damaged it could not be cashed.
Nelson then invited the brothers over to Braymer to personally collect the money and inspect the cattle. The brothers never thought they would have a problem.
“They dealt with him almost every day, but they didn’t know he was a convicted felon,” Emison said.
The company’s insurance company agreed to resolve the lawsuit before it even went to court. FOX4 has asked the insurance carrier for a comment and has not yet heard anything.
Emison said he understood why an agreement was reached so quickly.
“They looked at the allegations and said, ‘Yeah, that’s going to be covered in our coverage, and we don’t want any of these people to go through a long, controversial trial when what happened here seems pretty cut off and dry.’ Said Emison.
He said the brothers’ deaths were emotionally and financially devastating for the family. The eldest brother Nick left four children. His widow is a frontline nurse in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m so happy with what we’ve been able to do and offer some support and relief,” said Emison. “But there is no amount of money that can ever fill the void that remains in this family.”