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Quincy man accused of killing two people in Nebraska crash set for April trial

Edward Koch
Posted: Jan. 6, 2015 6:02 pm Updated: Jan. 20, 2015 7:15 pm

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. -- A Quincy man accused of killing two people in a car accident on Sept. 21 near Elmwood, Neb., will stand trial in April.

According to the Freemont (Neb.) Tribune, Edward D. Koch, 26, will next appear in Cass County District Court on April 8. He has been charged with two counts of manslaughter, a Class III felony. Koch faces between one and 20 years in prison on each count. Koch has pleaded not guilty. He is accused of killing Matthew F. Kirchoff, 24, and Emily F. Widger, 22.

Koch is alleged to have been driving a 2006 Mazda west on Highway 34 at a high rate of speed. Police said Koch struck the rear end of a 2006 Nissa Sentra being driven by Kirchoff. Widger was a passenger in Kirchoff's vehicle. Both Kirchoff and Widger were pronounced dead at the scene.

Koch was jailed for nearly two months before posting $13,500 bond on Nov. 20.