Judge Rejects New Trial in Murder Case

A judge has rejected a motion for a new trial in the case of two convicted killers. Terrell Newman and Derrick Stricklin are scheduled for sentencing on February 26.

That sentencing had been put on hold pending a decision from the court.

Newman and Stricklin were found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men at 40th and Grant in December 2012 at an Omaha auto body shop.

The victims were shot twice in the head with different guns. The bullets missed a third man whose hands were bound with a cellphone cord. He was the key witness who described it as a cocaine deal that turned into a robbery and then a double murder.

Newman requested a new trial after a juror confessed to speaking about the case with a family member outside of the courtroom. Jury members are instructed to not discuss a case during trial.

According to an affidavit offered as evidence, the juror was accused of talking with his brother about the case before the verdict. The juror told his brother that he thought both men were innocent but then decided on a guilty verdict during deliberations.

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