Omaha, NE -- Terrell Newman and Derrick Stricklin are found guilty by a jury in Douglas County District Court Thursday morning. They were convicted on 7 felonies including 2 First Degree Murder Charges each.
Prosecutors say the defendants planned to rob three men of drugs in December 2012, and it was allegedly supposed to be a triple murder. They say Stricklin worked for one of the victims painting vehicles.
Authorities say Bernardo “Nando” Noriega and another man were supposed to bring one kilo of cocaine to Carlos Morales at his shop, the Genuine Autobody Shop near 40th & Lake St. on December 2nd. Terrell Newman and Derrick Stricklin were with Morales when they arrived. Once they saw the drugs, Stricklin and Newman allegedly pulled guns, tied all 3 of the victim's hands behind their back, and put plastic bags over their heads. They then shot Morales and Noriega in the back of the head. Prosecutors believe they shot at the third man but missed. He turned out to be the key witness to the case. Police found Morales and Noriega dead in the office area of the body shop.
The jury began deliberations Wednesday afternoon.
"we have two people who were murdered here and it shows what happens in the drug trade, the violence that occurs, the deaths that occurred, and now people are going to prison for the rest of their lives," said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.
Newman and Stricklin will be sentenced in December.