Wed February 6, 2013
Brazilian man convicted of Omaha murders tries to avoid death sentence
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Attorneys for a man convicted of killing a husband and wife and their 7-year-old son have filed a motion to try to keep him from being sentenced to death.
Jose Oliveira-Coutinho was one of three Brazilian men charged with killing Vanderlei Szczepanik, his wife, Jacqueline, and their son, Christopher. Oliveira-Coutinho was convicted last year in Douglas County District Court of three counts of first-degree murder and one count of theft.
Investigators say Oliveira-Coutinho and two other men beat Vanderlei Szczepanik to death and hanged his wife and son, throwing the bodies in the Missouri River.
Oliveira-Coutinho's attorneys argue in the motion that Nebraska's death penalty law is unconstitutional.
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