LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) A Whitley County man killed his girlfriend to prevent her from communicating with investigators about a federal methamphetamine case, a federal grand jury charged Wednesday.
Previously we told you the ATF investigated Daniel Nantz for nine months in connection to meth and firearms trafficking.
A new indictment released Wednesday claims Nantz conspired with others, from March of 2017 through 2018, to deal meth in Eastern Kentucky. In count five of that indictment, Geri D. Johnson is named as a person Nantz worked with to sell meth.
In March investigators found Johnson, seven-months pregnant at the time, dead from gunshot wounds. Doctors delivered the baby girl to try and save her but the infant died days later.
Investigators arrested Nantz the same day on a federal drug charge. With the new indictment, he faces additional charges of kidnapping; possessing a gun in furtherance of a drug crime; and possessing a gun after being convicted of domestic violence.
Nantz is scheduled for arraignment in federal court on July 31st. His trial is set for September 30th. As of now, he does not face state charges for the murder.
If convicted of killing Johnson, Nantz could be sentenced to death.