The attorney for a 21-year-old woman facing two murder charges says his client didn't kill anyone. Authorities say she murdered two men and tried to murder a third.
Taiana Matheny, of Tucson, Arizona, is accused of killing Kevin Pierce and Victor Ford. Both men were shot in the head about two weeks ago. The shootings happened a few blocks and less than 24 hours apart.
Matheny's attorney, James Martin Davis says, "It's the classic case of falling in with the wrong crowd. She came to Omaha despite numerous warnings from her family."
Davis says Matheny met Terry Sellers at a party and came to Omaha with him on February 21st. Three days later Kevin Pierce's body was found behind an apartment complex across from 4725 N. 65th Street. Less than 24 hours later, Ford's body was found just blocks away, at 4403 North 62nd Street.
Pierce and Ford had both been shot in the head with a .38 but Davis say it was not Matheny's gun.
"She didn't kill anybody," he says.
Davis says that Matheny claims the weapon belongs to Sellers.
Sellers came into the picture two days after the Ford murder. Police say Matheny tried to kill a third man with a .38. He is identified as Dwayne Kearney of Omaha. Investigators say that Kearney put up a struggle, shots were fired and Kearney then wound up being stabbed by a third party later identified as Sellers. The 22-year-old Sellers was arrested along with Matheny in connection with the felony assault and stabbing.
A witness who called 911 about the Kearney assault claims to have heard a gunshot and witnessed the attack.
Davis says his client tried to pull Sellers off Dwayne Kearney after a drug deal went bad. It was that incident that attack allowed police to tie the gun to the two murders.
Davis says, "These people did not deserve to die. What happened in these two instances was cold, calculating, brutal and as sadistic as I've ever seen in my 30 years in the justice system."
Davis says he has shared information with Omaha police and plans to meet with Douglas County attorney Stu Dornan.
Terry Sellers is currently charged with Attempted Murder and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony in the attack against Dwayne Kearney.
Witness Details Altercation
The witness who called 911 about the February 27 incident in which Dwayne Kearney was stabbed was sleeping at the time the confrontation began but was awakened by a gunshot.
"I just had a real bad feeling right when I heard it," he tells us. "Seen two guys fighting in parking lot, noticed a woman standing on side watching them."
Police say that the woman was Taiana Matheny.
Officers say that she and her friend, Terry Sellers, had planned to meet Kearney in the Maple View Apartment parking lot, at 104th Ave. and Maple, to buy drugs from Kearney.
Kearney told police that one person shot at him but missed. That's when he tripped and fell.
"They had him down on the ground," the witness tells us. "The other guys jumped on 'em, just started pounding on 'em. Girl got on top of them also. That's when I said, hurry up call the cops, they're pounding on this guy."
Police found Dwayne Kearney with stab wounds.
Both Sellers and Matheny were charged with attempted murder in his stabbing and booked in jail.
At this point, Terry Sellers has not been charged with the two murders.
Sellers has spent time in jail in the past for carrying a concealed weapon. He grew up in Omaha and attended three different high schools in Omaha but never graduated.