(Neb)-Appeal Rejected In Scottsbluff Murder Case
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the 1st-degree murder and weapons convictions of a Scottsbluff man for the brutal stabbing death of his girlfriend on New Year's Eve 2016. 67-year-old Lucio Munoz is serving life in prison.
In his appeal, Munoz argued that a prosecutor wrongly commented in opening statements about evidence not found and that his trial attorney was so ineffective that Munoz did not get a fair trial, but the high court rejected those arguments.
Munoz and 48-year-old Melissa May lived in the same apartment complex and police making a welfare check at the request of co-workers found her body in her apartment Jan. 3, 2017. Authorities say she had been stabbed 37 times, most likely on New Year's Eve.
By the time May's body was found, Munoz had already left town. He was arrested several days later near Chicago in Bradley, Illinois, where his brother lives.
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