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Panel to decide if Tecumseh inmate who killed cellmate qualifies for death penalty
By omaha.com- Paul Hammel
Published: 12/01/2017

LINCOLN — Jan. 23-24 has been set for a court proceeding to determine whether an inmate who killed his cellmate at the Tecumseh State Prison qualifies for the death penalty.

Patrick Schroeder, who is already serving life in prison for a 2006 slaying, pleaded guilty in July to strangling his 22-year-old cellmate with a towel April 15.

Schroeder, 40, testified in July that the cellmate, Terry Berry, was obnoxious and too talkative and had pushed him to his “threshold.”

Johnson County District Judge Vicky Johnson scheduled two days, Jan. 23 and 24, to hear arguments on whether “aggravating circumstances” exist to warrant the death sentence for Schroeder.

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