Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning filed an appeal Friday to last month's judge's order to release drawings made by serial killer John Joubert.
The judge said the Nebraska Correctional Services Department must permit author Mark Pettit to inspect and reproduce the drawings. Pettit, a former Omaha television reporter, is the author of "A Need to Kill: The True-Crime Account of John Joubert, Nebraska's Most Notorious Serial Child Killer."
He had been trying for more than 25 years to get the prison system to release two drawings in which Joubert said he depicted his fantasies to kill again. The Department of Correctional Services had refused to do so citing confidentiality laws.
Pettit, who now lives in Atlanta, said he wanted to look at the drawings to ensure they're not too gruesome or disturbing to be included in the next edition of "A Need To Kill."
Joubert was convicted in the fatal stabbings of two Bellevue boys, ages 12 and 13, in 1983. A Maine jury also found him guilty of murder in the 1982 slaying of an 11-year-old boy. Nebraska executed Joubert in 1996.