Four current or former Fremont police officers didn't just drink beer with two young men moments before one of the young men died in a rollover crash on West Dodge Road.
One bought a round of beer for Jacob Dickmeyer and Colby Burke -- returning the favor after Dickmeyer had purchased a round of beer for them at the Fire Barn bar in Waterloo, Neb., one of the officers testified Wednesday.
It wasn't clear which officer purchased the beer. And there was no indication Wednesday that the officers knew that Dickmeyer, 18, and Burke, then 19, were underage.
But it brought the number of people who purchased alcohol for the minors that weekend to five.
Of the five, one faces a felony. Amanda Heiman, 21, faces up to five years of probation or five years in prison if she is convicted in this week's trial in Douglas County District Court.
After the trial, a jury must decide whether the former waitress at the Fire Barn should be convicted of felony procuring alcohol for a minor.
Fremont Police Sgt. Michael Diers testified Wednesday that Dickmeyer and Burke had joined the current or former Fremont police officers at a table. Burke was quiet; Dickmeyer a little more vocal.
Dickmeyer ordered a round for the men.
A few minutes later: "Somebody reciprocated and bought them a round," Diers testified Wednesday.
Heiman's attorney, Michael Tasset, said Wednesday was the first time in the case that the officers had acknowledged that one of them had bought the young men a round.
Dickmeyer was known as a good friend who worked hard and, at least on the weekend of Dec. 1, 2012, partied hard.
Testimony and crash scene photos on Tuesday painted an ugly picture of what had been a beautiful December Sunday.
About four hours before he drove drunk and crashed on West Dodge Road, Dickmeyer texted a friend who had purchased alcohol for him a day earlier.
Dickmeyer's friend Alan Peterson, then 26, had bought a 30-pack of beer and a bottle of Jagermeister for Dickmeyer.
“Got half my (Jager) bottle down ... and quite a few beers ... and still not happy,” Dickmeyer wrote. “Lol ... (expletive) up.”
“What's wrong bud?” Peterson wrote back. “Drinking won't fix ya.”
Dickmeyer's response: “I'm not gonna make it then. I'm not driving ... thank God.”
By the end of the night, investigators say, Dickmeyer was behind the wheel, moments after Heiman served him.
Heiman also had traded texts that night with Dickmeyer. The two flirted a little, and Heiman told Dickmeyer that he could come into the bar.
She proceeded to serve Dickmeyer and Burke at least two pitchers of Busch Light, two Long Island iced teas and two shots of Jagermeister.
Receipts will show it, prosecutor Matt Kuhse told jurors.
Tasset pointed out that three others served Dickmeyer that weekend. Two received misdemeanor citations for providing alcohol to a minor. A third — Dickmeyer's friend Tyler Geick — wasn't ticketed.