Omaha guy on trial for allegedly killing Lincoln man over marijuana dispute

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Attorneys claim that Deontae Rush murdered a guy in Lincoln while robbing him of marijuana. The defence claims he was set up and framed by the real killer of James Shekie.

In his opening speech on Monday, Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Eric Miller remarked, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a murder case,” Mr Rush entered the residence, kicked through the door, and found the victim in the bedroom with his back against the wall; he fired three shots at the man, hitting him once and killing him.

He said that early on the morning of February 23, 2021, Rush broke into Shekie’s mobile home in the Mark IV Estates neighbourhood at 20th and Superior streets, robbed him of four pounds of marijuana, and then shot him three times in the torso before leaving him to die.

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Marquis Moten, who is accused of plotting the theft with his sister Anna Feilen, was singled out by defence attorney Jeff Pickens. Pickens rebutted the state’s claim that Moten is paralyzed from the waist down by telling the jury that other inmates at the Lancaster County Jail claim to have seen Moten get up and walk and that Moten admitted to them that he shot Shekie.

As Pickens put it, “And he got away with it because he’s in a wheelchair,” Pickens claimed that Rush had been set up as a “sacrificial lamb,” because Moten was in possession of Rush’s telephone.

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Miller claims that Rush was linked to the crime by the shoe print left on Shekie’s trailer door and by his phone’s ability to “ping” off a nearby tower.

Rush is charged with first-degree murder and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony for Shekie’s slaying, which was discovered on the morning of March 1 after a neighbour contacted police to check on him since his door was wide open despite the cold and snow.

It was kicked in when the police arrived. The cops entered the building and discovered Shekie dead in the corridor, as captured by their body cameras. Six days prior, he would be shot.

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Miller said police found out that Moten and Feilen, two siblings who briefly lived with Shekie, discussed stealing the marijuana she had seen in his trailer. On the morning of February 23, 2021, Moten and a man named Rush travelled to Lincoln from Omaha, where they reunited with Feilen before proceeding to Shekie’s house.

Later, when authorities asked, the siblings said that Rush had gone in alone and that they had fled in their car when they heard gunshots. “They both admit to taking part in the robbery. That Mr. Shekie would be providing them with this marijuana.

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Additionally, they implied that murdering Mr. Shekie was never truly in the cards “To quote Miller: Upon searching Feilen’s phone on March 4, 2021, authorities discovered a Facebook Messenger chat between Moten and Feilen in which they discussed robbing Shekie.

Rush was taken into custody in Chicago four days later. Pickens stated that Feilen’s defence would centre around her animosity at Shekie and Rush, who both he claimed had kicked her out.

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He inferred the involvement of a third party. He said that hours before Shekie was shot, Moten had messaged someone under the name Ermac (the name of a Mortal Kombat character) and mentioned a “sting on deck,” before asking if he had any peppers (an emoji for a weapon).

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According to him, Moten, not Rush, was the one who was showing off guns in selfies, and he allegedly informed his sister he would acquire the marijuana by any means necessary. Feilen and Moten are scheduled to plead guilty to conspiracy charges as part of a bargain with prosecutors.

 

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