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Convictions, life sentence in Lincoln shooting death upheld

June 22, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a Lincoln man’s first-degree murder and other convictions and his life sentence for the 2016 shooting death of another man.

Anthony Wells was convicted in January 2017 for the shooting death of 25-year-old Joshua Hartwig. Police found Hartwig dead outside an apartment building north of downtown Lincoln. Investigators say Wells fired 13 rounds into a crowd outside the building following an argument with a woman, hitting Hartwig in the neck.

In his appeal, Wells argued the trial court made several errors, including a faulty jury instruction, and that his lawyer was so ineffective that it cost him a fair trial.

On Friday, the high court dismissed those arguments in affirming Wells’ convictions and sentences.

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