November 13, 1998 |
A 76-year-old man accused of shooting his terminally ill wife in the head in her hospital bed pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder. A trial date of Feb. 8 was set for Vernal "Bob" Ohlrich. He was released on $35,000 bond. "We're happy he's been released," said Ohlrich's son, Mike. "And we're just taking one day at a time." Ohlrich had been jailed since the shooting Oct. 27 of his wife, Phyllis, 74, who had been fighting a painful battle with colon cancer.
June 3, 2000 |
A man who kidnapped and dismembered his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old son has been sentenced to death. The three-judge panel ruled Thursday that exceptional depravity warranted the death penalty for Raymond Mata Jr. Mata, 26, of Scottsbluff, was convicted in January of first-degree murder, felony murder and kidnapping for the March 1999 killing of Adam Gomez. Body parts were found in the basement of Mata's sister's home and in a freezer and a dog bowl at Mata's home.
October 22, 1999 |
Hilary Swank, self-proclaimed "girly girl," remembers her first time. She was in the lobby of New York's Tribeca Film Center, decked out in her husband's clothes, her long, blond hair tucked under a $1 cowboy hat from a secondhand store. She was waiting to audition for the lead role in the film "Boys Don't Cry." The doorman phoned the director and producers upstairs and said, "There's this guy here. He says he has a reading. Should I send him up?"
December 14, 1988 |
On a sultry day last summer, a lifelong con died behind bars, revealing a terrible secret hidden for a decade. He had gotten away with murder. Finally made public was a confession the inmate had shared with his attorney 10 years earlier, a confession to a killing for which another man, the victim's husband, had served 13 1/2 years in prison.
December 16, 1988 |
Darrel Parker, convicted of murdering his wife 33 years ago, will not get a pardon hearing even though another convict confessed to the slaying before he died last summer, the Nebraska Board of Pardons ruled Thursday. Parker can explore other avenues, said Atty. Gen. Robert Spire, one of the board's three members, who declined to elaborate further. Spire said the board could consider Parker's pardon request only if there were a "clear miscarriage of justice."
April 27, 2000 |
A man was shot to death after stopping to pull a woman from a burning car, investigators said Wednesday. Robert Parminter, 45, and Shannon Bluhm, 27, were found dead Tuesday night near the burned-out car, the Nebraska State Patrol said. Police said Parminter and Bluhm apparently did not know one another. A woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested Wednesday, and investigators recovered a gun believed to have been used to kill Parminter, a State Patrol spokeswoman said.