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Man Who Killed Cross-Dressing Rape Accuser Gets Death Penalty

February 22, 1996 GMT

FALLS CITY, Neb. (AP) _ A man was sentenced to death for killing three people in an attempt to silence a rape accusation from a cross-dressing female.

After watching John Lotter’s sentencing Wednesday, the mother of victim Teena Brandon said she wants to see the penalty carried out.

``I’ll sit there and watch him die,″ JoAnn Brandon said through tears.

Teena Brandon, 21, who also went by the name Brandon Teena, dressed as a man and dated other women. She had accused Lotter of raping her a week before she and the two others were found shot to death in 1993 at a rented farmhouse near Humboldt, about 90 miles from Omaha.

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Prosecutors said Lotter, 24, and Marvin Thomas Nissen killed Brandon to silence her, and killed Lisa Lambert, 24, and Philip DeVine, 22, because they were potential witnesses. Nissen pleaded guilty, testified against Lotter and received three consecutive life terms.

Nissen admitted he stabbed Brandon but said Lotter shot all three.

In its decision to order death, a three-judge panel said, ``If there has ever been evidence presented in a Nebraska courtroom that a defendant engaged in a more purposeful, calmly considered, deliberate, premeditated plot to murder, this panel is unable to uncover such a case.″