State v. Bedford

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State v. Bedford

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Call Date
June 8, 2022
Case Time
9:00 AM
Case Summary

A-21-0596, State of Nebraska (appellee) v. Keith Bedford (appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court, Judge Robert R. Otte

Attorney for Appellant: John C. Jorgensen (Lancaster County Public Defender)

Attorney for Appellee: Matthew Lewis (Assistant Attorney General)

Criminal Action: Sufficiency of evidence; evidentiary objections; jury instructions; ineffective assistance of counsel.

Action Taken by Trial Court:  Following a jury trial, Bedford was convicted of one count of assault by strangulation or suffocation, two counts of third degree domestic assault, and one count of tampering with a witness. He was also found to be a habitual criminal.

Assignments of Error on Appeal: Bedford assigns that (1) the district court erred in denying trial counsel the opportunity to impeach the victim at trial; (2) the court erred in refusing to give his proposed self-defense jury instruction; and (3) the evidence was insufficient to sustain his convictions. Bedford also raises five separate claims of ineffective assistance by his trial counsel.

Case Location
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District Court
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Panel Text
Pirtle, Chief Judge, Bishop and Welch, Judges