Death Row Inmate Loses Appeal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected appeals filed by a man on Nebraska's death row for killing two men in 2007.

Marco Torres Jr., formerly of Pasadena, Texas, was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges for shooting to death two Grand Island residents, 48 year-old Timothy Donohue and 60-year-old Edward Hall.

Torres claimed some evidence shouldn't have been allowed at his trial and that the sentencing process shouldn't have resulted in a death sentence.

The high court says in a split decision released Friday that jury instructions about some evidence amounted to harmless errors.

The court acknowledged the sentencing panel should not have considered mental suffering by one of Torres' victims. However the court said that didn't affect the overall determination that aggravating circumstances existed for the death penalty.

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