High Court once again denies Hessler effort for post-conviction relief

The denial of a second motion for post-conviction relief for convicted murderer Jeff Hessler has been affirmed by The Nebraska Supreme Court. Hessler is on death row for the rape and murder of newspaper carrier Heather Guerrero of Gering in 2003.

Last September Scotts Bluff County District Judge Randall Lippstreu concluded that Hessler is not entitled to an evidentiary hearing on any issue raised in his second motion for post-conviction relief that was filed in August of 2012.

Hessler's motion contained 17 claims, with the main ones being that Hessler was mentally ill and incompetent to stand trial, that pre-trial publicity prevented him from having an unbiased jury and a fair trial, and that he was represented by ineffective counsel.

Lippstreu summarized that all of these issues were addressed and denied during his first motion for post-conviction relief and the Nebraska Supreme Court in a ruling released Friday said the same thing in its conclusion.

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