Testimony Begins in Deadly Scheme

Prosecutors mapped out a deadly crime spree while defense attorneys said Thursday that the defendant killed no one. That as the opening statements in the murder trial of Terry Sellers were presented.

Sellers is accused of working with another man and a woman to rob and kill two men in February 2005.

The prosecution mapped out a four-day crime spree during which they claimed Sellers and Taiana Matheny, a woman he met in Arizona, killed and robbed two Omaha men.

Kevin Pierce and Victor Ford were both shot in the head within a 24 hour period; their bodies found just blocks apart in February 2005. A man who was allegedly targeted as the third victim escaped alive and notified authorities.

The defense says Sellers didn't kill anyone. The defendant's attorneys say Matheny, who claimed to be a witch, lured their client.

Thursday's testimony focused on Sunday, February 27, 2005 when one of the alleged robbery attempts went wrong at a northwest Omaha apartment complex.

The prosecution called several witnesses, including a resident of the Mapleview Apartments, who heard a gunshot on the night of the 27th. He says he also witnessed a fight but he could not identify the two men involved.

The defense says the only one who can put Sellers at the scene of any crime is Taiana Matheny.

When police pulled Matheny over that night on Old Maple Road she was wearing a blood-stained jacket and Sellers was a passenger in the car.

Taiana Matheny is expected to testify for the prosecution.

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