Sentencing Of Convicted Killers On Hold

Sentencing is on hold for two convicted murderers.

Terrell Newman and Derrick Stricklin were found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men at 40th and Grant in December 2012 at an Omaha auto body shop.

The victims were shot twice in the head with different guns. The bullets missed a third man whose hands were bound with a cellphone cord. He was the key witness who described it as a cocaine deal that turned into a robbery and then a double murder.

Newman requested a new trial after a juror confessed to speaking about the case with a family member outside of the courtroom. Jury members are instructed to not discuss a case during trial.

WOWT Six News Fact Finders obtained a copy of an affidavit offered as evidence Wednesday. In it, the juror is accused of talking with his brother about the case before the verdict. The juror told his brother that he thought both men were innocent but then decided on a guilty verdict during deliberations.

Martha Newman, the mother of one of the convicted killers said, "We know these boys are innocent and we just want justice done. You know, we want the right thing done for them."

The judge is expected to make a decision next Friday on whether or not there will be a new trial.

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