Monday, January 26, 2009

Nebraska: Requests

Thomas Winslow, JoAnn Taylor, James Dean, Kathy Gonzalez and Debra Shelden plead guilty or no contest to the rape and suffocation of a 68-year-old woman in 1985. The Beatrice Daily Sun says what the Nebraska Board of Pardons (consisting of the Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General) will do with the requests "remains to be seen" despite the fact that "law enforcement authorities say they have identified the true killer." It is also reported that those who pleaded guilty "gave false confessions or took plea deals to avoid the death penalty." In addition, the interrogation techniques by investigators "have since been discredited." See story here.

UPDATE: The Board has granted 5 pardons related to the case. See story here.

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