Feds considering death penalties in Lincoln woman's slaying

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Three men charged in a Lincoln slaying are being held without bond on federal murder charges.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Tawhyne Patterson, Dante Williams and his brother, Damon Williams Jr., were told Friday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln that prosecutors are considering seeking the death penalty for their cases.

They are accused of fatally shooting Jessica Brandon on July 31 at the north Lincoln home she shared with her fiance. Police say surveillance cameras caught three men forcing their way into the home and then firing several shots before running outside three minutes later after the drug-related robbery.

A state judge Friday approved the Lancaster County prosecutors' motions to drop the state murder charges.