Murder Case Will Go To Trial

A Douglas County Court Judge ruled on Monday that the murder charges against two Omaha men, accused of killing Frank Sanders in his home, will go to trial.

Absalom Scott and Jaquez Clifton both face first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Sanders was found dead at his home at South 33rd and Howard Streets on July 20 just after 11 p.m.

A third man, Rico Larry, is being charged as an accessory.

In the preliminary hearing, homicide detective Ryan Davis testified that Scott, Larry and Clifton all said they were at Sanders' house to buy marijuana.

And from there, all of their stories begin to differ.

Davis said Scott told him that hours before the incident, Clifton allegedly said he wanted to commit a robbery and then later said he wanted to buy marijuana. Clifton and Larry deny ever talking about a robbery. A few hours later, Scott drove the three of them to Sanders' house.

All three men were let into the home by Sanders, according to Davis' testimony. Based on his interviews with the men, Davis said it is unclear who was in the bedroom with Sanders when a shot was fired. Davis said everyone involved told him they never saw a gun.

After the shot was fired, Davis testified that all three men told him they ran from the home and left in their car. Davis also said Larry told him Clifton was making threats that no one should talk to the police.

According to Davis, Larry also told him that Clifton took a cell phone from Sanders and threw it out the window of the car saying, "they won't be able to call 911."

Clifton and Scott will go to trial in the coming months.

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