Hell's Angel Files New Appeal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Hell's Angel member serving a life sentence for the 1975 murder of a 19-year-old woman has filed in federal court for habeas corpus, or relief from illegal detention.

Thomas "Red" Nesbitt was convicted in 1986 of first-degree murder in the death of Mary Kay Harmer, who disappeared in 1975. Her skeletal remains were found nine years later in a manhole near Omaha's Eppley Airfield.

This week, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp allowed Nesbitt to proceed without paying the $5 filing fee.

In his latest effort, Nesbitt resurrects claims that his trial attorney was ineffective. He also says evidence that would have benefited him was destroyed and suppressed, violating his constitutional rights.

Nesbitt's previous state appeals, as well as one in federal court, were all thrown out.

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