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Man takes plea deal in slaying near university campus

Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 02, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of shooting to death a Lincoln resident near the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus has taken a plea deal.

Lancaster County District Court records say Michael Dewey, 22, pleaded no contest Friday to manslaughter and a weapons crime. Prosecutors had lowered the homicide charge from second-degree murder and dropped two other charges in return for Dewey’s pleas.

His trial had been scheduled to begin Monday. His sentencing is set for March 30.

Dewey killed 47-year-old Desmond Fowler on May 16, police have said. Court documents say Dewey and another man were in the area in a failed attempt to buy drugs. Fowler began yelling at the other man and ran after them as they drove off. Dewey fired several shots at Fowler when the vehicle stopped for a red light west of the campus, police said.