Two men have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a December double homicide at an Omaha auto body shop, authorities said.
Terrell E. Newman, 39, and Derrick U. Stricklin, 36, were arrested Friday, the day a judge signed a warrant charging each with two counts of murder and other crimes in the killings.
They are accused in the slayings of Carlos E. Morales, 47, and Bernardo V. Noriega, 40, which occurred during a robbery, said Brenda Beadle, the chief deputy Douglas County attorney.
Newman and Stricklin sought cash and drugs and knew the victims, she said.
Beadle and police declined to release a cause of death. Both men were shot with a semiautomatic handgun, according to an Omaha police report.
Morales’ girlfriend found the two bodies on Dec. 2 on the floor of the office of Genuine Auto Body, 4010 Grant St. They had been bound.
Beadle declined to describe the roles Newman and Stricklin, both of Omaha, are accused of having in the killings. The warrants were sealed.
Newman and Stricklin are felons. Newman was charged in 2001 with conspiracy to commit a Class 2 felony; the disposition of the case was not clear.
Stricklin was charged in October with felony terroristic threats and was in court for a preliminary hearing three days after the homicides. The status of that case was not clear.
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