Gregory Dodds, accused of killing his roommate last year by stabbing him to death plead no contest Wednesday morning to second-degree murder as part of plea deal.
Dodds was initially charged with first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony and found not competent to stand trial, but the latter was later overturned.
“Both doctors found him to be insane at the time of the crime, however in Nebraska, the law states that the voluntary use of drugs is not a defense,” says Douglas County Deputy Attorney Brenda Beadle.
Dodds had used K2 and marijuana.
He lived with his brother Stephen Dodds and 22-year-old Vedant Patel near 105th and Sahler. In March 2012, Stephen returned home and found Patel dead in his bedroom, stabbed to death. Gregory wasn't there, but Stephen allegedly found a bloody knife belonging to Gregory in a toilet.
Police later found Gregory sitting in a vehicle, visibly upset and making comments alluding to the fact he was responsible. He said God told him to kill his roommate. They also said there were bloody clothes inside the vehicle.
Patel was a student ambassador for the Peter Kiewit Foundation and an engineering student at UNO.