Double Murder Trial Begins

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The first day of the double murder trial of Matthew Hinrichsen in Northeastern Nebraska had some shocking moments.

Hinrichsen is accused of going to the home of Alex Vargas, the husband of Hinrichsen's former girlfriend Victoria Lee-Vargas and killing the two before lighting their trailer home on fire.

Vargas died of three gunshot wounds to the chest and Victoria Lee-Vargas was bludgeoned to death.

As the trial began at the Antelope County Courthouse in Neligh, the families of Hinrichsen and Victoria Lee were in the courtroom.

In opening statements, the prosecution produced DNA and ballistic evidence placing Hinrichsen at the scene of the crime and accused him of using an AK-47 assault rifle to commit the murders.

The first exhibit in court was a 9-1-1 call Victoria made saying a man with a gun was in their home. In the recording you can hear her shakily trying to give an address to the dispatcher before a male's voice begins screaming profanities. The sounds of a struggle ensue.

Shortly after this recording was played, Victoria's Lee's mother, Susan Lee, was called to the stand and emotionally identified the male voice as that of Matthew Hinrichsen, the man who dated her daughter for three years and at one point lived in her home.

The prosecution continues with opening statements Tuesday morning.

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