Currently on Death Row

Roy Ellis: Sentenced for the 2005 abduction and murder of 12-year-old Amber Harris in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Arthur Lee Gales Jr.: Sentenced for the rape and murder of Latara Chandler and drowning her seven-year-old brother, Tramar, in Omaha in 2000. 

Jorge Galindo: Sentenced for the murders of Lola Elwood, Samuel Sun, Lisa Bryant, Jo Mausbach and Evonne Tuttle during a bank robbery in Norfolk, Nebraska, in 2002. 

Jeffrey Hessler: Sentenced for the rape and murder a 15-year-old Heather Guerrero in Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 2003. 

John Lotter: Sentenced for the 1993 murders of  Teena Brandon, Lisa Marie Lambert, and Phillip DeVine. 

Raymond Mata Jr.: Sentenced in 2000 for killing and dismembering 3-year old Adam Gomez in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. 

Carey Dean Moore: Sentenced for the murders of Reuel Eugene Van Ness, Jr. and Maynard Helgeland, both Omaha cabdrivers, during robberies in 1979. 

Michael Ryan: Sentenced for the torture and murder of James Thimm on a farm outside of Rulo, Nebraska in 1985. Ryan is also serving a sentence of life in prison for the murder of 5-year old Luke Stice.

Jose Sandoval: Sentenced for the murders of Lola Elwood, Samuel Sun, Lisa Bryant, Jo Mausbach and Evonne Tuttle during a bank robbery in Norfolk, Nebraska, in 2002. 

Marco E. Torres, Jr.: Sentenced for the murders of Edward Hall and  Timothy Donohue in Grand Island, Nebraska in 2007. 

Erick Vela: Sentenced for the murders of Lola Elwood, Samuel Sun, Lisa Bryant, Jo Mausbach and Evonne Tuttle during a bank robbery in Norfolk, Nebraska, in 2002. 


Formerly on Nebraska’s Death Row*

In 1999 Jerry Simpson and Clarence Victor were taken off of Nebraska’s death row because their IQs were less than 70 and it is now unconstitutional to execute people with developmental disabilities.

In 2000 the Nebraska Supreme Court vacated the death sentence of Randy Reeves because the court sentenced him with improper procedures. Reeves had been sentenced to death for the drug induced murder of Janet Mesner and Victoria Lamm in Lincoln in 1980. Reeves was sentenced to two life terms instead. Reeves is Native American.

In 2001 Jeremy Sheets was released after prosecutors decided not to retry his case. Sheets was sentenced to death for the 1992 kidnapping and murder of a young woman in Omaha. The Nebraska Supreme Court overturned Sheets’ conviction because there was no evidence against him other than a taped confession by another man, Adam Barnett, who said he committed the crime with Sheets. Barnett hung himself before Sheets’ trial, so Sheets was unable to confront his accuser and thus the tape could not be used against him. Sheets was White.

In 2001 Roger Bjorklund was found unresponsive in his cell and was later pronounced dead at a Lincoln hospital. Bjorklund was sentenced to death for the murder of a young Lincoln woman in 1992. Bjorklund was White.

In 2001 Peter Hochstein and Michael Anderson were taken off death row and given life in prison because their sentencing judicial panels could not reach a unanimous decision to impose the death sentence. Anderson and Hochstein were sentenced to death for the 1975 murder-for-hire of an Omaha businessman. Hochstein and Anderson were White.

In 2006 Charles Jess Palmer died of natural causes on death row. Palmer was sentenced to death for the 1979 murder and robbery of a businessman in Grand Island. Palmer was White.

In 2011 David Dunster died of natural causes on death row. Dunster was sentenced for killing his cell mate in 1997 while serving a sentence in Nebraska for two previous killings; a 1972 rape and murder of an Oregon woman and the 1979 killing of a fellow cell mate. Dunster was White.

* This list includes only those removed from death row since 1999.


Execution History

  • Executions were staved off until Harold Lamont “Wili” Otey was executed in 1994.
  • John Joubert was executed in 1996.
  • Robert Williams was executed December 2, 1997.