Details from Buffalo Co. arrest affidavit for Petersen

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By News 5 Staff


Updated: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:48:33 CST

An arrest affidavit obtained by News 5 on Friday outlines new details in the Nov. 13 homicides of Todd Elsbernd and Nancy Petersen.

According to the document, Michael Petersen admitted to killing both victims during an interview with investigators the night he was arrested.

Nancy Peterson's body was found Nov. 14 by a neighbor, but Petersen said he shot her on the thirteenth.

The affidavit described a diagram he drew for investigators. Petersen said he positioned himself behind a tree around 10 a.m. and waited.

Nancy Petersen was shot in the chest and killed, but Petersen said his intent was only to wound her.

Also detailed in the document, the fact that law enforcement had been dispatched to Nancy's home because of a report of an abandoned truck around 11 a.m.

They saw no one and left.

It turns out the truck was registered to Michael Petersen. It was the truck he drove to her house and left in.

Petersen was arrested Nov. 15 and he remains in the Hall County Jail. He's charged with two homicides--his ex-wife and his lawyer.