Deliberations Continue Today In Antelope County Double Murder Case
Posted: 28 October, 2013
NELIGH, Neb. (AP) - A jury is considering whether to convict a man of killing a Nebraska couple last year. The jury began considering the case against 33-year-old Matthew Hinrichsen on Friday, but only deliberated for about a half an hour.
The jury will resume its work today. Hinrichsen is charged with two counts first-degree murder in the December 2012 deaths of Victoria Lee and her husband, Alex Vargas. Their bodies were found in a charred trailer in rural Antelope County, where the newlyweds were living. Prosecutors say Vargas died from three gunshot wounds, and Lee died of blunt force trauma to her head. During the trial, Hinrichsen's lawyers didn't dispute that he killed the couple, but they argued the killings weren't planned. So they say Hinrichsen should be convicted of manslaughter, not murder.