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Mother fights to have son released from prison

Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 09:28:23-05

A mother claims her son and a friend are not responsible for a double murder, six years ago in Omaha, and wants to see them freed.

In 2014, Terrell Newman and Derrick Stricklin were sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 murders of Nando Noriega, and Carlos Morales.

The men were found bound and bagged with gunshot wounds to the back of their heads at the Genuine Auto Body Shop at 40th & Lake St.  Police determined it was over a cocaine deal.

The Nebraska Supreme Court granted Newman and Stricklin a new evidentiary hearing because their defense didn't explore their alibi, or investigate two other potential suspects.

Newman's mother, Martha, hopes this could lead to an overturned conviction.

"I felt good, I felt good to know that at least the Supreme Court saw that there was something that wasn't down right, didn't come out right or something," Martha explained.  "I believe him and I have a reason to keep fighting any way I could fight."

A third man who was also tied up got away, and later identified the suspects in a line-up.

Prosecutors say the evidence, including witness testimony and cell phone locations, proves the two committed the murders.

A court hearing date hasn't been set yet.