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Omaha man charged with murder in shooting of 24-year-old will go to trial

Omaha man charged with murder in shooting of 24-year-old will go to trial

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An Omaha police detective testified Wednesday that surveillance video, witness identification and a unique footprint led to the arrest of a 23-year-old man in a June homicide.

Douglas County Judge Sheryl Lohaus then ordered Bol Kueth of Omaha to stand trial in connection with the June 23 shooting death of Jal Dak Kun, 24, and the wounding of Nyuon Joak, 25.

Kueth is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, first-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.

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Detective Thomas Smith said Kun and Joak were smoking cigarettes near the front of a house at 3216 Seward St. when they were shot shortly after 1 a.m. June 23. Both men were shot three times and were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center. Kun died at the hospital about 8:30 a.m., Smith said.

Surveillance video from a nearby house showed a man fitting Kueth’s description walking from the home’s backyard toward the front yard just before the shooting, Smith said. A detective with the police gang unit told investigators that the man in the video, who was wearing multicolored basketball shoes, appeared to be Kueth.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Kueth’s home and found a pair of multicolored Air Jordan shoes that were determined by Nebraska State Patrol crime lab technicians to match footprints at the scene. The right shoe, Smith said, had damage that made it “a practical impossibility” that the footprints could have been made by another shoe.

Joak, who briefly left town after he was released from the hospital, was interviewed in August. He told police that he was “very certain” the man who shot him was Kueth. The men knew each other, Smith said, because they both had attended South High and were teammates.

Upon cross-examination from defense attorney James Martin Davis, Smith said no other witnesses to the shooting had been found. Smith also testified that nine shell casings from a 9 mm gun had been found at the scene, but that gun has not been found.

Police did find another handgun at Kueth’s home, Smith said. That led to the charge of Kueth being a felon in possession of a firearm., 402-444-1272

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