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Prosecutor: Omaha bar owner wanted to 'ambush' people stealing

Prosecutor: Omaha bar owner wanted to 'ambush' people stealing

JOSH FUNK, Associated Press
Updated: September 23, 2020 04:57 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A special prosecutor says a white Nebraska bar owner who killed himself after being charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a Black man during May protests had been waiting to “ambush” people who were breaking into businesses.

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Thirty-eight-year-old Jake Gardner killed himself Sunday, days after a grand jury indicted him in the May 30 death of 22-year-old James Scurlock. Police say Gardner's body was found Sunday outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin on Wednesday detailed more of the evidence against Gardner. The evidence included text messages and videos of the encounter that Franklin said countered Gardner's claims of self-defense.

An attorney for Gardner didn't immediately return calls seeking comment Wednesday. 

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JOSH FUNK, Associated Press

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