Judge decides to keep inmate behind bars for now

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A judge has agreed to keep an Omaha man in prison while prosecutors work on appealing the judge's order to free him.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Jack Harris has been imprisoned since 1999 when he was sentenced to life for fatally shooting a man during a drug robbery. Harris appealed after a witness recanted, alleging that police intimidated him into testifying. Judge William Zastera granted Harris a new trial in September 2017. Zastera retired shortly after the decision.

Judge Jodi Nelson took over the case in July and decided that because Harris wasn't tried within six months of Zastera's order, his right to a speedy trial had been violated and he should be freed.

On Friday she gave prosecutors until the end of the day to file their appeal and also set a $5 million appeal bond that Harris would have to post before being released.