New details revealed in court Friday regarding a brutal double murder indicate it came close to being a triple killing. An Omaha man who escaped the drug robbery/shooting is now the key witness for prosecutors.
According to the witness he is lucky to be alive. The bullet that should have killed him missed its mark and now he is telling his story in court.
Two men were found dead in the Genuine Auto Body Shop at 40th and Grant in December. The owner, Carlos Morales, and Bernardo Noriega were both shot in the head. There was a third man inside and according to that third person, he brought Noriega to the body shop to check out some cocaine, but he said things went wrong when Derrick Stricklin and Terrell Newman showed up at the garage.
According to the witness, he and the other two men had their hands tied behind their backs and were put on the floor face down with bags over their heads. The witness said he heard, boom, boom, boom. The witness was only grazed, but played dead and made his escape when the suspects left.
That third person is now a key witness in the murder trial of Stricklin and Newman. All of this information was news to Noriega’s wife, Maria Carrengo.
“No, I wasn’t aware of that. I heard it was a robbery and drug issue. I wasn’t aware of that. No matter what the problem, they didn’t deserve to die over that. They told them before they killed them, I got my family, they didn’t care, they didn’t touch their hearts, now they need to die.”
The witness said he couldn’t tell who did the killing because he had a bag over his head and was having a hard time breathing. The case now moves to district court.