Jan 06, 2020 2:41 AM

Man who confessed to strangling wife pleads guilty

Posted Jan 06, 2020 2:41 AM

A man who confessed to police that he'd killed his wife in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue has pleaded guilty to two reduced charges in the case.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 39-year-old Brandon Norton pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and improper disposal of a body.

Norton had been facing trial on a first-degree murder charge for the slaying of 32-year-old Jennifer Norton. Her body was recovered from the Missouri River in June 2018.

Norton was arrested after walking into the Sarpy County Jail to tell authorities that he had killed his wife the day before and dropped her body from a bridge into the river.

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3-judge panel picked to weigh death penalty for Nebraska man

A three-judge panel has been selected to determine whether a Nebraska man will be sentenced to death or life in prison for killing and dismembering a 24-year-old Lincoln woman.

The Nebraska Supreme Court announced in a news release that Johnson County District Judge Julie Smith and Cass County District Judge Michael Smith were randomly selected to join presiding Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson on the panel.

The panel will decide whether enough aggravating factors exist to sentence 53-year-old Aubrey Trail to death. Trail was convicted in July of first-degree murder in the 2017 death of Sydney Loofe.