A 27-year-old Omaha man was shot and killed in front of his family because Ramone D. Jefferson sought revenge on behalf of his badly beaten brother, an Omaha police detective said Wednesday in Douglas County District Court.
Jefferson, 29, was ordered to stand trial for first-degree murder in last year's death of James L. Edwards.
Homicide detective Christopher Spencer said Edwards was one of three men to send Jefferson's brother to the hospital in a 2 a.m. fight April 1 near a dance club and bar at 114th Street and West Dodge Road. Edwards was arrested at the scene on suspicion of disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.
Just before 6 p.m. that same day, Edwards was in front of his family's home at 4118 N. 26th St.
Jefferson approached, Spencer said, and the two men walked a bit and talked. According to Edwards' father and sister, who were on the front porch, Edwards then began to walk away, and Jefferson started shooting.
Spencer said 12 bullet casings were found at the scene. Edwards was struck by three of the bullets.
Jefferson ran, and Edwards' father, despite his shock, gave chase, Spencer said. The elder Edwards didn't catch the shooter, but he did grab a key piece of evidence — the suspect's ball cap, Spencer said.
Spencer said the DNA swabbed from the hat was a strong match with Jefferson's DNA.
Apollo M. Cobb, 24, is charged with being an accessory to a felony in Edwards' homicide. A hearing is scheduled next week to determine if there is sufficient evidence to try Cobb in District Court.
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