Feb 04, 2020 4:08 PM

Murder defendant in Fall River County to represent himself

Posted Feb 04, 2020 4:08 PM

A defendant facing a murder charge in Fall River County has decided to represent himself after dismissing two lawyers.

Twenty-nine-year-old Thomas Lucero was indicted by a grand jury in September 2017 on a first-degree or alternate second-degree murder charge. He's accused of fatally shooting Moses Dubray in the head in January 2017.

Dubray was found dead near state Highway 89 after walking away from the Rapid City Community Work Center.

Lucero is currently serving a 12-year sentence for a first-degree robbery in Minnehaha County.

Assistant Attorney General Scott Roetzel tells the Rapid City Journal it's "highly unique" for a murder defendant to proceed without a defense lawyer.

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California man pleads not guilty in 3 Nebraska crash deaths

A California truck driver accused of causing a crash that killed three people in south-central Nebraska has pleaded not guilty.

Buffalo County District Court records say Kenneth Kratt, of Madera, California, entered the three manslaughter pleas last month.

The records don't list a trial starting date. Authorities say Kratt’s semitrailer plowed into the rear of a line of vehicles that had slowed for construction Sept. 20 on Interstate 80.

The crash killed a pickup driver, Ryan Vanicek, of Schuyler; and his passenger, Daniel Seelhoff, of Lincoln; as well as Scott Gaylord, of Lincoln, who was driving a sport utility vehicle.