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Nebraska Sheriff Investigated for Failing to Arrest Suspects

HeadlineJan 10, 2001

The Nebraska Supreme Court has been asked to decide if a county sheriff should have done more to prevent a 1993 murder, which became the subject of the movie Boys Don’t Cry. Teena Brandon, who often dressed as a man, was killed in retaliation for telling the police that two men had raped her after they learned her true gender. The men also killed two others who witnessed Brandon’s death. In a lawsuit, Brandon’s mother JoAnn argues that the former Richardson County sheriff should have arrested John Lotter and Marvin Nissen for rape before they had the chance to kill her daughter. The high court is to hear arguments on Friday.

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