Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Seek to Bar Evidence in Missing Sophomore Case

In a pre-trial hearing, Nebraska criminal defense attorneys sought to restrict evidence in the case of Christopher Edwards, accused of murdering Jessica O’Grady, a sophomore at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. O’Grady disappeared in 2006. She was last heard from when she was reportedly on her way to Edwards’ residence.

Edwards’ defense attorney sought to keep the jury from seeing a mattress, covered with blood, found at Edwards’ residence and bar evidence about O’Grady telling friends she was pregnant.

Edwards’ attorney said during the hearing that the jury would be prejudiced by seeing the mattress: “When they see the mattress, every reasonable human being is going to say, ‘That’s a lot of blood.’”

Prosecutors argued that O’Grady’s alleged pregnancy was crucial to establishing Edwards’ state of mind in the days leading up to her disappearance.

The judge agreed with the defense, barring evidence of the blood stained mattress. He did not rule on evidence regarding O’Grady being pregnant, however. The judge said that a decision was “hard to make in the abstract,” but decided that the matter would be dealt with when it came up during the trial.

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