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Court ordered to reconsider claim by man convicted of murder

Posted at 3:27 PM, Apr 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-08 16:27:38-04

The Nebraska Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to review an Omaha man's claim that authorities withheld evidence that would have helped him beat a murder conviction.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the state's high court made the ruling Friday in a post-conviction appeal by 45-year-old Jack Harris.

Harris is serving a life sentence for the 1995 shooting death of 35-year-old Anthony Jones of Omaha. Prosecutors said Jones was killed in a plot by Harris and another man to rob his of drugs and money.

Harris said in his latest appeal that a witness gave police information in 1999 that implicated the other man.

On Friday, the state's high court the lower court must reconsider the merits of the Harris' claim.