- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of an Iowa man for killing a northeast Nebraska woman.

Raymond Gonzales Jr., of Sioux City, Iowa, was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to life for shooting 28-year-old Bonnie Baker 16 times in her South Sioux City home on Dec. 15, 2013.

In his appeal, Gonzales argued misconduct by the prosecutor for saying in his closing statements that Gonzales had lied when he denied being involved in the killing. Gonzales also argued that the jury should have been instructed on whether he could be found guilty of the lesser offense of manslaughter.

On Friday, the state’s high court said it found no misconduct by the prosecutor and that no evidence presented at trial supported a sudden quarrel manslaughter finding.



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