- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court will hear arguments later this summer from a death row inmate seeking a new trial.

The high court is set to hear on Sept. 2 the appeal of Jeffrey Hessler, on death row for raping and killing a teenage Gering newspaper carrier.

Hessler is appealing a lower court judge’s rejection of his post-conviction motion seeking a new trial for the rape of a second newspaper carrier. Hessler says the lower court should have found that his trial lawyer was ineffective and that he was too mentally ill to plead no contest in 2004 to raping the teenage newspaper carrier. He was sentenced to 30 to 42 years in that case.

Hessler was also convicted in 2004 of kidnapping, raping and killing 15-year-old newspaper carrier Heather Guerrero in 2003 and sentenced to death.

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