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Man on death row for his role in the Norfolk, Neb. US Bank murders will not get a new trial


MADISON, Neb. (KTIV/US92) - A man on death row for his part in the Norfolk U.S. Bank murders in 2002 will not be getting a new court hearing.

The request for an evidentiary hearing by Erick Vela was denied in Madison County District Court Thursday.

Vela had filed the request, saying that the uncertainty surrounding the drug the State of Nebraska uses for its lethal injections amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

But Judge James Kube said in court documents that uncertainty about one's death does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment under any circumstances and denied Vela's request.

Vela is one of four men convicted in the September 2002 shootings in five people in a U.S. Bank branch were killed.

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