Judge allows search for missing item in Boppre case

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Scotts Bluff County District Judge Randy Lippstreu has granted a request by attorneys for convicted murderer Jeff Boppre to conduct a search for a missing curtain they believe may have DNA evidence that could help clear their client.

Boppre is currently serving two life sentences in prison for the 1988 drug-related murders of Richard Valdez and his pregnant girlfriend Sharon Condon at Valdez' home north of Scottsbluff.

Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner told KNEB News Sheriff's Lt. Rick Spencer and a representative of Defense Attorney Larry Whelan's office will search areas where evidence in the case has been stored in an effort to find the curtain, which was on an exterior door at the home.

Warner says the attorneys maintain the curtain was last seen in 1995 when they inspected the evidence in the case along with former Sheriff Jim Lawson, who at the time was an investigator. Warner says Lawson filed a report about the inspection, although he never mentioned the curtain in the report. The defense attorneys say Lawson placed it in a brown grocery bag but the item apparently was never part of the Sheriff's office move in 2003 from the Jail annex building to the County Administration building.

A search for the missing item was conducted in 2005 when the court allowed the requested DNA testing but it was never found. The defense claims the evidence was tampered with. But Warner told KNEB News Wednesday there was no wrongdoing by law enforcement and he wants to see the curtain found.

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