Thursday, April 21 2011 4:51 PM EDT2011-04-21 20:51:56 GMT
Gregory Nelson, Jr. waived his right to a preliminary hearing and now awaits a trial date.More >>
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The man charged in the murder of his pregnant mistress appears headed for trial.
During a brief hearing in Henrico General District Court, Gregory Nelson, Jr., waived his right to a preliminary hearing, in effect admitting there is enough evidence against him to bring the case to trial.
Nelson, 27, faces a charge of first degree murder in the March 9 stabbing death of Susana Cisneros, 24.
Nelson was shackled and guarded closely at all times by two Henrico Sheriff's deputies as his wife and parents looked on. Members of the Cisneros family also attended.
Attorneys will be back in court next week to set the trial date, which is expected to take place this summer and last several days.
Legal analyst Steve Benjamin tells NBC12 that high-profile defendants will sometimes waive their hearings in order to avoid damaging pre-trial publicity, or, to possibly gain unspecified concessions from the prosecution.
It remains unclear if Nelson's charge will be upgraded to capital murder due to the death of a fetus.
In addition, Nelson continues to face charges in Chesterfield related to a traffic stop that took place the morning of the murder, but before he was named a suspect.