Update: Second Day Of Double-Murder Trial Brings Emotional Testimony

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The second day in the trial of Matthew Hinrichsen was an emotional day for families of the victims, as they heard more details surrounding the deaths of their loved ones.

Hinrichsen is accused of going to the home of Alex Vargas, the husband of Hinrichsen's former girlfriend Victoria Lee-Vargas and killing the two before lighting their trailer home on fire.

Vargas died of three gunshot wounds to the chest and Victoria Lee-Vargas was bludgeoned to death.

During testimony in the Antelope County courtroom, deputies described Hinrichsen's mannerisms after the murder.

Hinrichsen was apprehended by law enforcement at his parents home just outside of Ewing, Nebraska.

He was armed and refused to put down his weapon and according to testimony asked law enforcement to kill him because "he no longer deserved to live."

Law enforcement testified that when Hinrichsen was booked into custody, he was joking with officers about stopping at Taco Bell for food and asked for a new shirt to wear in his mug shots.

In opening statements, the prosecution produced DNA and ballistic evidence placing Hinrichsen at the scene of the crime and accused him of using an AK-47 assault rifle to commit the murders.

Hinrichsen's father, Lawrence, also took the stand. He was the first to find Matthew after the murders and told the court that Matthew confessed to him what he had done.

The families of both Victoria Lee-Vargas and of Matthew Hinrichsen were visibly emotional during this testimony.

The first exhibit in court on Monday was a 9-1-1 call Victoria made saying a man with a gun was in their home. In the recording you can hear her shakily trying to give an address to the dispatcher before a male's voice begins screaming profanities. The sounds of a struggle ensue.

Shortly after this recording was played, Victoria's Lee's mother, Susan Lee, was called to the stand and emotionally identified the male voice as that of Matthew Hinrichsen, the man who dated her daughter for three years and at one point lived in her home.

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