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Inmate who killed cellmate at Tecumseh will represent himself at death-penalty hearing
By starherald.com- Paul Hammel
Published: 02/28/2018

TECUMSEH, Neb. — Convicted murderer Patrick Schroeder will represent himself when a three-judge panel decides if he will get life in prison or the death penalty for killing his cellmate.

On Tuesday, Johnson County District Judge Vicky Johnson granted Schroeder’s request to set aside his court-appointed lawyers and represent himself during the April 19-20 sentencing hearing.

Schroeder, 40, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with strangling his cellmate at the Tecumseh State Prison on April 15. He said that his cellmate, 22-year-old Terry Berry, would not stop talking and had pushed him to his “threshold.”

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