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Murder or self defense?

Opening statements in Custer trial tell different sides of “ongoing feud”


In November 2012 a personal feud, with threats of violence reported from both sides, ultimately ended in the death of 36 year old Sidney resident Adam McCormick.

During opening statements of the state of Nebraska vs. Jason Custer both the defense and prosecution described a messy, complicated case. Although the prosecution maintained that Custer is guilty of premeditated murder, the defense claimed that Custer shot McCormick in self defense.

Custer, 35 is charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

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