Boppre DNA hearing continued

A hearing on a motion by defense attorneys for convicted murderer Jeff Boppre to conduct DNA forensic testing was continued Thursday due to the lack of a court reporter.

Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner and counsel for Boppre did have general discussions before Judge Randy Lippstreu about the future progressions of the 25 year old case behind closed doors, but no arguments or decisions were made. A scheduling conference to determine the next date for the hearing will be held October 29th.

The defense is hoping additional DNA testing would lead to new evidence in the case.

Boppre is serving two life terms for the 1988 drug-related murders of 25 year old Richard Valdez and his pregnant girlfriend 19 year old Sharon Condon at Valdez' rural Scottsbluff home. Bryce Benjet with the Innocence project and longtime Boppre counsel Larry Whelan filed the new motion.

Boppre has argued for years that he was framed for the Scottsbluff killings of Richard Valdez and his pregnant girlfriend, Sharon Condon. The Nebraska Supreme Court and federal courts have upheld his conviction multiple times.

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