Sep 10, 2019 2:09 PM

Jury acquits woman accused of using cigarette on daughter

Posted Sep 10, 2019 2:09 PM

YORK, Neb. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a York County woman accused of using a cigarette to burn her 8-year-old daughter.


York County District Court records say 29-year-old Ashley Eckard was found not guilty last month after a short trial. She was charged with felony intentional child abuse.


The records say Eckard, of McCool Junction, used the cigarette Sept. 15 last year to burn her daughter three times on a hand. The records also say Eckard told the girl to say the wounds occurred while sliding down a slide at a bouncy house.

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Trial delayed for man accused of 2010 slaying

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A judge has delayed the trial of man accused of killing a Peru State College student.


The judge granted the defense request Friday for 38-year-old Joshua Keadle but didn't set a new date. Keadle's attorney had asked for more time to prepare. The trial had been scheduled to begin Sept. 16.


Keadle has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the disappearance and presumed death of a 19-year-old Tyler "Ty" Thomas. Thomas disappeared Dec. 3, 2010, after leaving a party near the southeast Nebraska campus. The state issued a death certificate for Thomas in 2013, even though her body has never been found.

Keadle is serving a 15- to 20-year prison sentence for the 2008 rape of a 15-year-old girl.


His murder trial has been moved to Gage County from Nemaha County.