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(Neb)-"Body In A Barrel" Trial Goes To The Jury

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/06/2017 07:46 PM
BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) - The Panhandle's "body in a barrel" murder trial is now in the hands of the jury, following 2-1/2 days of testimony. 25 year old Zachary  Mueller of rural Bridgeport is charged with 1st-degree murder in the Nov 2015 death of 33-year old Pedro Dominguez of Greeley, Colorado, whose body was found stuffed into a barrel floating in a creek east of Bayard about 2 weeks later.

       The final witness was called this morning by the defense, a former cellmate of Felicia Talley. Talley, Dominguez's girlfriend and the mother of Mueller's daughter, had testified that Mueller had shot Dominguez in the head while she was driving the two men, but the cellmate said Talley had told her she covered her boyfriend's nose and mouth because she'd been told as a young girl not to let any creature suffer.

     The defense also introduced into evidence Talley's immunity agreement with the state, which says she wouldn't be prosecuted for any crime related to the murder if she testified against Mueller.


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