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Judge orders convicted killer to walk free after 20 years

Posted at 1:52 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 14:51:59-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — After 20 years, convicted murderer Jack Harris is set to walk free due to a judge's ruling, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

The judge determined that prosecutors did not try Harris within his six-month speedy-trial rights. The Nebraska Attorney General's Office is asking judge Jodi Nelson to keep Harris in prison while the Office appeals.

Corey O'Brien, chief prosecutor in the Attorney General's Office, wrote that Judge William Zastera improperly granted harris a new trial without first holding an evidentiary hearing.

Judge Nelson, however, pinned the problems on the Attorney General's Office for not pushing for a hearing after asking Zastera to reconsider a new trial.

The World-Herald also reports that the Nebraska Supreme Court sought to replace Zastera after he retired, causing a delay in the case.