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New hearing granted for Omaha man convicted of murder

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The state supreme court ruling is based on the man's claim that he was framed by a corrupt crime scene investigator.

The Nebraska Supreme Court has granted a new hearing for Christopher Edwards who's convicted of murdering Omaha college student Jessica O'Grady.  The ruling is based on Edwards' claims that he was framed by former Douglas County CSI commander David Kofoed.

The high court's opinion issued Friday found that a Douglas County District Court should have granted an evidentiary hearing for Christopher Edwards before denying his request for post-conviction relief.

Edwards was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2006 disappearance of 19-year-old Jessica O'Grady and was sentenced to 100 years to life in prison. Edwards contends that Kofoed planted some of the evidence.

Kofoed was convicted in March 2010 of tampering with evidence in a Cass County double murder in which two men were wrongly charged.

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