- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected the latest bid for freedom presented by a Beatrice woman serving a life sentence for beating her husband to death.

Susan DeJong was convicted of first-degree murder after authorities say she beat Thomas DeJong with two hammers at their home west of Fairbury on March 11, 2011.

Following failed appeals, she filed a motion last year for post-conviction relief. She appealed when a Jefferson County court denied the motion without a hearing. She argued that the lower court improperly denied the motion that claimed her lawyer was ineffective and that she was innocent.

The state’s high court on Friday upheld the lower court’s dismissal of her motion without a hearing, saying it found no merit in her arguments.

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