Omaha police have arrested a third person in connection with a 2015 homicide.
Shadow Harlan, 18, of Omaha, was booked Monday afternoon and charged in a warrant with first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony. The murder charge alleges that Harlan had a hand in the killing of 23-year-old DePrecia Neelon.
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Neelon was shot at 2021 Pinkney St. on Aug. 6, 2015. Authorities have said that at least two men started a fire outside her back door. Neelon grabbed her 4-year-old daughter away from the door and tried to put out the flames.
When she stepped out of the house, police have said, she was shot at least six times.
Preston Pope, 28, was sentenced in November to two life sentences for the fatal shootings of Neelon and Garion Johnson. Johnson was shot two days after Neelon was killed.
Harlan was shot about 3 a.m. Saturday near 36th and Lake Streets. He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy with an injury that officials said was not life-threatening. Witnesses told officers that they saw people in a silver vehicle shoot at a white truck.
Harlan posted $500 bail on Jan. 3 and was ordered to have an 8 p.m. curfew as he awaited trial on a charge of making terroristic threats. Authorities say Harlan was shoplifting at a gas station with another man, then got into a struggle with a man who confronted the two. Harlan punched the man, then said, “I’m going to get a gun and shoot this place up,” court documents say.
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