Daniel Morgan murder conviction upheld

Daniel Morgan

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a Scottsbluff man.

Daniel Morgan was convicted last year in the May 2011 shooting death of Dominic Marquez.

Morgan told authorities he simply wanted to confront Marquez about what he said was Marquez's harassing and threatening behavior toward Morgan's girlfriend, the mother of Marquez's child.

But prosecutors said Morgan was armed when he drove to Marquez's home and sent text messages saying he was ``going after'' Marquez. Police recovered 34 shell casings at the scene.

In his appeal, Morgan argued that his trial judge gave the jury instructions that were biased against him. He also argued that his lawyers were ineffective.

On Friday, the state' high court rejected those arguments.

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