Cotton convicted of murder

Posted at 9:20 AM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 10:20:16-04
An Omaha man has been convicted of a murder last August.
Jurors found 61 year old James Cotton guilty of murder on Monday. Prosecutors say Cotton shot 24 year old Trevor Bare during an argument outside Bare's apartment on August 7, 2015. 
Cotton's attorney Travis Penn had been criticized for temporarily hiring a witness in the case as a receptionist in his office. Cotton told the judge last week that he wanted to keep Penn as his attorney despite Penn's potential ethical violations. Penn said he researched ethics rules and did not see anything that kept him from having a business agreement with a witness.
Penn plans to appeal Cotton's conviction.