LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Michael Goynes, an Omaha gang member, in the 2016 slaying of an Omaha woman.
Barbara Williams, 55, a grandmother of 17, was shot and killed on the stoop of an apartment complex near 48th and Boyd Streets. She was chatting with neighbors when she was shot, the unintended victim of a barrage of bullets Goynes fired at a rival gang member.
Goynes challenged his conviction, claiming that police unlawfully obtained and searched his cellphone records. But the Supreme Court ruled that there was sufficient probable cause presented in the search warrant and that the warrant was not overly vague.
The cellphone records indicated that Goynes was not using his cellphone for 6 minutes before or 43 minutes after police responded to the shooting on April 25, 2016. They also showed that Goynes read a news report about the shooting 45 minutes after police responded.
Goynes, who was 22 at the time of the murder, was sentenced to life in prison plus 65 to 75 years in January 2018.
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