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Double homicide victim was murder suspect,...

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 19:20:39-05

A 15-year-old Omaha boy was in court, accused of murdering two other teens in an SUV north of downtown in December.  Detectives revealed that one of the victims was a suspect in at least one other Omaha murder.

Friday, a judge finds enough evidence to move 15-year-old Courvoisier Sims to trial for two counts of 1st degree murder.  Cousins Warren and Martin Anderson are charged as accessories.

On December 9, police find teens James Star and Brandon Phelps dead inside an SUV on near 16th & Yates St.  Prosecutors say the suspect was trying to buy a gun from star for $150, but was warned it may be a robbery.

The defense argued the Anderson's were found with the guns and Sims was just the fall guy.

"If you believe what the evidence was and that Courvoisier was present then it's an instantaneous shooting where he was being robbed," said Sims’ attorney James Martin Davis.

Prosecutors say Sims' fingerprints were found on the SUV, and his juvenile probation GPS tracking device puts him near the scene.

"I don't know if there was a set up but obviously there was some interaction between them prior to him entering the gun, either to buy a gun or to get a gun," Douglas Co. Attorney Don Kleine explained.

Detectives reveal that one victim, Star, was a suspect in other homicides and armed robberies.  In fact, police say star was suspected and had the murder weapon after Tommy Harden was killed at Adams Park in January 2015.

Sims and Martin Anderson are being held at the Douglas County Youth Center.  Warren Anderson is at the Douglas Co. Jail.