Nebraska high court finds no fault with lower court's dismissal of Omaha killer's appeal


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LINCOLN, Nebraska — The Nebraska Supreme Court has found no fault with a lower court's dismissal of an Omaha man's appeal of his first-degree murder convictions without an evidentiary hearing.

Terry Sellers was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to two life sentences for the 2005 murders of Kevin Pierce and Victor Ford.

The high court upheld Sellers' convictions on direct appeal in 2010. Sellers then sought post-conviction relief, which is typically filed once all other appeals are exhausted. Inmates often claim in the motions that their lawyers were ineffective.

That was Sellers' claim, and he says a Douglas County District Court judge should have held a hearing on his claims.

But on Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court disagreed, saying there was no merit to Sellers' claims.

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