Possible Murder Suspect Released

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

A possible suspect in the murder of Rebecka Braenne is out of jail Friday evening.

Last month, 23-year-old Julius Nash was jailed for possession of a stolen car. He was charged with a felony, but due to a lack of witnesses to the carjacking that took place in Illinois, officials were forced to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor.

"When the East St. Louis witnesses could not be located to finish the preliminary hearing, if you can't finish the preliminary hearing, then criminal charges either get dismissed or reduced to misdemeanors," said Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Ken Heimerman.

Julius Nash was one of the last people to see Rebecka Braenne alive. Her friends say was on her way to East St. Louis, Illinois with Nash before her body was found near some railroad tracks last September.

The stolen car was found when officials went to Nash to question him in the Braenne investigation. Officials say Nash was the only possible suspect in the Braenne investigation that police in either state had in custody.

Friday night, he was out on a $10,000 signature bond. No arrests have been made relating directly to the Braenne case in either East St. Louis or Marathon County.