(Neb)-Appeal Denied For Alliance Man Who Killed His Brother
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An Alliance man serving life in prison for the 2016 stabbing death of his older brother in Scottsbluff has lost an appeal to the Nebraska Court of Appeals.
41-year old old William Reed had been convicted of 2nd-degree murder and felony use of a weapon in the death of 42-year old Christopher Reed of Scottsbluff and sentenced to life on the murder count and a consecutive 10-to-20 year term on the weapon count.
William Reed argued, among other things, that showing the entire police body camera footage of his arrest at his trial prejudiced the jury because it included segments where he threatened officers and hospital staff, and made "racially provocative" comments about his former stepfather.
The Appeals Court justices disagreed, ruling that the entire video was relevant and not unfairly prejudicial or cumulative because Reed's statements supported the prosecution's theory of intent in the killing of his brother.
Reed's defense at trial had challenged the murder charge on the grounds the attack against his brother had been unplanned and that the proper charge should be the lesser count of manslaughter.
His appeal made a similar argument, but the Appeals Court ruled that Reed's filmed statements and testimony by the pathologist who did the autopsy that the victim suffered many wounds, including 8 significant cuts or slashes, were sufficient evidence to support the conviction.
Reed had testified he had blacked out and had no memory of the attack, only to waking up and finding himself falling on top of his brother, who was bleeding from a slashed throat.
Reed said he tried CPR, but that when he realized his brother was dead he became "hysterical" over what he'd done and beat himself up in the backyard of his brother's house before being arrested by police.
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