A 21-year-old man who is accused of fatally shooting another man after an altercation at the Douglas County Courthouse will stand trial, a judge ruled Friday.
Bernard Turner Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and two firearms charges in connection with the March 2 death of Jarrell Haynes, 22.
Secretia Benton, 26, and Tashekia Lockett, 27, two of Turner’s girlfriends, are awaiting trial on accessory charges in the case.
Haynes was standing on his grandmother’s porch at 1634 Victor Ave. when he was shot in the abdomen.
Police recovered 15 Winchester 9 mm casings scattered in the street, Detective Ryan Hinsley testified. No weapon was recovered.
Haynes was able to crawl inside the house but died after being taken to a hospital.
Hinsley said Haynes and Turner had run into each other on the second floor of the courthouse at 9:20 a.m. March 2.
Haynes later told friends and family members that Turner had threatened to kill him, Hinsley said.
Video surveillance shows a black Chrysler 200 sedan turning on the street before the shooting about 10:45 a.m.
Benton and Turner were stopped in the same black sedan two days earlier by an Iowa State Patrol trooper, Hinsley said.
Cellphone records also indicate Turner’s phone was in the area of the shooting.
Lockett, who police said helped hide Turner from authorities in her Bellevue apartment, was in Sarpy County Court on Friday morning. Her preliminary hearing was continued until Dec. 13.
Sarpy County Judge Stefanie Martinez lowered Lockett’s bail from $500,000 to $100,000.
Prosecutor Alyson Roudebush said in court that Lockett helped Turner evade authorities for seven months, allowing Turner to commit crimes in other jurisdictions.
Turner is being held without bail.
Staff writer Emily Nitcher contributed to this report.