- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a man sentenced to life for the death of an elderly man in a house fire in north Omaha.

Officials say 32-year-old Terrance Hale broke into the Omaha home of 83-year-old Raymond Vasholz and his wife, Elizabeth Vasholz, the morning of Feb. 7, 2013, before attacking them and setting several fires throughout the house.

Raymond Vasholz was killed, and Elizabeth Vasholz was injured.

In his appeal, Hale argued that emergency responders’ testimony about Elizabeth Vasholz identifying Hale as the attacker should have been excluded as hearsay.

But the Nebraska high court disagreed Friday and upheld Hale’s conviction.

Hale has maintained that he tried to help the elderly couple escape the fire after someone else attacked them.

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