OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A sex offender convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced to death in Nebraska.
A three-judge panel condemned Roy Ellis to death on Friday in Nebraska's first death sentence since the state Supreme court banned the electric chair in 2008. The 55-year-old Omaha man was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Amber Harris.
The state last executed a condemned inmate in 1997.
Nebraska has no legal method of carrying out the death sentence. The court has deemed the state's only method of execution, electrocution, cruel and unusual.
The Legislature is considering a bill to change the method to lethal injection and another to repeal the death penalty altogether.
On the Net:
Douglas County District Court: http://www.dc4dc.com
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)