Jury Convicts Omaha Man On Only One Murder Charge In Double Murder Case

An Omaha man accused of murdering two people has been found guilty, but only on one of the charges.

On Thursday afternoon, a Douglas County jury found Marcus Short guilty of the murder of Garion Johnson, but acquitted him on charges in the murder of Deprecia Neelon.

Short was accused of killing Johnson and Neelon just days apart in the summer of 2015. The two homicides were tried as a single case after a mistrial was declared in Short's first trial for the murder of Johnson.

On August 6th, 2015, 23 year old Deprecia Neelon was shot and killed outside of a North Omaha home. Calls to police regarding a shooting, and fire, sent authorities to the area of 21st and Pinkney streets just after 8:30 that night, where they found Neelon's body.

Two days later, on August 8, 2015, Johnson was found dead in his car in the area of Fontenelle Boulevard and Sorensen Parkway. Short was tried in that case last year, with a mistrial coming in May of 2018 after alleged jury tampering.

Last month, Short was back in court facing murder charges, this time for the murders of both Johnson and Neelon, as the cases were consolidated.

Short could face up to life in prison for the murder conviction and is scheduled for sentencing April 9th.


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