Nebraska Inmate Can't leave Jail for Sister's Funeral

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A North Platte woman accused of manslaughter in the drug death of her sister won't be able to attend her sister's funeral.

The funeral for Esther Smith is scheduled for Friday. Authorities suspect Smith died of a drug overdose. Autopsy results are pending.

40-year-old Elizabeth Crawford asked a Lincoln County judge on
Thursday to let her out of jail to attend the service. Judge Mike Piccolo refused, citing the gravity of the crime.

Crawford remains in custody, pending $250,000 bail. She's charged with manslaughter and a felony charge of drug possession with intent to deliver.

Her attorney, Bob Lindemeier, said Friday that he expected Crawford would plead not guilty.

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