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Update: Double Homicide Suspect Hospitalized

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Michael Petersen, the man charged in two tri-cities murders, was hospitalized early Thursday morning.

Hall County Attorney Mark Young would only say it was "medical situation" and wouldn't comment on the nature of emergency, whether it was an illness or possibly a self-inflicted injury.

However, Hall County Corrections Director Fred Ruiz confirmed there was a suicide attempt at the jail. He wouldn't comment further, except to say the jail has a protocol to keep watch on inmates to prevent suicide.

Ruiz wouldn't comment if Petersen was still in the hospital as of Friday morning, but said he remained in custody.

If an inmate is hospitalized, they remain in custody, under the watch of corrections officers.

With Petersen facing murder charges in both Grand Island and Kearney, Young said he could not comment on a suspect in a pending case.

Petersen was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. He remained on the inmate roster at the Hall County Jail.

Petersen, of Glenvil, is charged with killing his ex-wife Nancy Petersen in Kearney, and also his former attorney Todd Elsbernd, a Grand Island school board member.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled later this month.


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