- Associated Press - Thursday, March 28, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha jail inmate testified that his former cellmate confessed to being involved in the 2018 killing of a soldier who was gunned down while home for the holidays in January of last year.

Marvin Stockdale told jurors this week that he heard Jason Devers admit to his involvement in the fatal shooting of Army Sgt. Kyle LeFlore, the Omaha World-Herald reported. He said Devers told him he was at a bar when he saw LeFlore pull out a roll of cash to pay for drinks, and that Devers said he then told an accomplice, Larry Goynes, that LeFlore would be a good target to rob.

Devers has pleaded not guilty to the charges, including first-degree murder. His lawyers, Doug Johnson and Kyle Melia, argue that Goynes shot and killed LeFlore.

Goynes had been charged with first-degree murder in the killing, but prosecutors dropped the charges after they said a key witness decided not to testify. Goynes maintained that he was innocent and his lawyer said Goynes was prepared to go to trial to fight the charges.

Prosecutors Nissa Jones and Mike Jensen said Devers could be convicted of first-degree murder through a law that holds accomplices accountable if a person dies while a felony is committed.

Johnson questioned why Stockdale felt the need to testify. He suggested that Stockdale, who faces felony charges of illegal gun possession and making terroristic threats, may be hoping for leniency.

Stockdale said he’s not expecting to receive leniency, and that he “felt bad” for LeFlore.

It’s the second time Stockdale has said he’s heard a murder defendant make a confession. He also testified that Michael Benson told him he’d killed truck driver James Womack during a road-rage dispute. Benson was then convicted of second-degree murder.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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