Suspect to Stand Trial in a Murder from 4 Years Ago


Four years later, an Omaha family is relieved that a suspect is set to stand trial for murder.

Monday in Douglas County Court, 28-year-old Dellshawn Evans appeared for a preliminary hearing, facing 1st degree murder. Prosecutors argued that Evans killed 38-year-old James Dancer, allegedly over the price of marijuana.


James Dancer

It was in February 2010, Dancer was gunned down in his home near 61st and Jaynes.

In court, according to a detective's testimony, Dancer's girlfriend at the time, finally made the decision to go on the record with police about what led up to the shooting and helping the case move to trial.

Afterward, the Dancer family was relieved that the judge bound the case over for trial, on the 1st degree murder charge.

The defense however, didn't think the girlfriend's testimony to police was credible.

“We've finally got closure on the case, that is what we are here for.” Reporter asks, “how hard was it to sit through all that?” “Very, very hard, it has been four years, so it is mostly just the time that it took,” Delma Dancer, James' mother said.

“We didn't hear her testify, and there isn't any evidence independent of that hearsay evidence, that there was any bad blood between my client and the deceased,” James Martin Davis, Evans' defense attorney said.


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