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Trial begins in 2019 double homicide in central Nebraska

November 9, 2021 GMT

HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP) — The trial of a Holdrege man charged with killing two men and seriously injuring another in 2019 is underway.

The trial of 48-year-old Manuel Gomez began Tuesday in the south-central Nebraska town of Holdrege. Gomez’s lawyers said earlier this year that they planned to rely on an insanity defense.

Authorities have said Gomez shot and killed 65-year-old Raymond Burton and 54-year-old David Rogers in February 2019 at the Sunrise View Apartments in Holdrege. Prosecutors say he also shot and wounded his attorney at the time, Doyle Morse, at Morse’s home.

Gomez was found mentally unfit to stand trial in August 2019 after a mental evaluation. In April 2020, he was deemed restored to competency and ordered to stand trial.

Gomez has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, one count assault, three counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of being an habitual criminal.