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Appeal of man convicted in Omaha officer’s death rejected

November 16, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeal of a man serving life in prison for the 1995 killing of an Omaha police officer.

Kevin Allen appealed after a lower court rejected his motion for post-conviction relief without an evidentiary hearing. In the motion, Allen argued, among other things, that former crime scene investigator David Kofoed (KO’-fode) — who was convicted of planting blood evidence in another case in 2006 — might have also tampered with evidence in his case.

On Friday, the state’s high court ruled that testimony showed Kofoed did not play a major role in gathering evidence in Allen’s case.

Allen was convicted of first-degree murder in the Aug. 20, 1995, murder of 24-year-old Officer Jimmy Wilson Jr. Wilson was fatally shot as he checked the license plate on a van he had stopped.

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