Accused Killer Acquitted

Anthony Utterback has been acquitted of murder in the February killing of 24-year-old Ryan O’Donnell.

A jury returned the not guilty verdict Friday afternoon.

O’Donnell was found with stab wounds outside of a South Omaha Home in February. The crime was reported at 6018 S. 40th Street.

Police located Utterback a short time later. He was arrested and booked for Second Degree Murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

O'Donnell was taken to Creighton University Medical Center where he died of his wounds.

Utterback has been acquitted of all charges.

A juror, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke to Channel 6 about how they came to the decision. "The state really didn't prove, did he swing the crowbar first, did he stab first? Nobody knew. Everybody was guessing. At that point, there was too much doubt to come up with a guilty verdict," he said.

Channel 6 followed up with Utterback and his family. They declined to talk.


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