Battle Creek feed lot owner waives right to speedy trial in two cases
MADISON, Neb. -- A northeast Nebraska man waived his right to a speedy trial in two separate district court cases on Friday.
Battle Creek feed lot owner Travis Belina appeared in court on Friday for two separate cases brought against him.
In one case, Belina allegedly took or "exercised control over movable property of another" exceeding $5,000.
Belina waived his right to a speedy trial in the felony theft case and pre-trial was set for Sept. 8 and jury trial for Oct. 16.
The other court case that Belina faces involves allegations that he sexually abused minors who worked for him.
Among the seven felonies, Belina faces charges of alleged child abuse, solicitation of a minor, and tampering with a witness.
Belina entered not guilty pleas for all ten counts he was charged with.
With Belina filing for continuance and waiving his right for a speedy trial, the pre-trial for the sexual abuse case is set for Dec. 1, 2023, and jury trial is set for Feb. 12, 2024.
Belina is charged with two counts of child abuse, two counts of tampering with a witness, and two counts of soliciting prostitution of a minor, all of which are felonies.
He’s also charged with two misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual assault and an attempt of a class one misdemeanor.
Belina remains out on bond in both cases.