Feb 12, 2020 2:41 PM

District says student struck Lincoln High School staffer

Posted Feb 12, 2020 2:41 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln High School student and a staff member were treated at a hospital after the student struck the staffer, district officials said.

Administrators said the 17-year-old and the supervisor of in-school suspension were walking down a hall Tuesday when the student hit the staffer. Other staffers rushed to break up the melee, and the staffer and student fell to the floor, hitting their heads.

District spokeswoman Mindy Burbach said the two had been talking as they walked down the hall but were not arguing.

The names of those involved have not been released. Police are investigating the incident.

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Closing arguments expected in student murder case
Josh Keadle

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Attorneys are expected to deliver their closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a Peru State College student whose body has never been found.

The defense rested its case Tuesday for Joshua Keadle, who's charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing Tyler Thomas, 19, of Omaha. Thomas disappeared Dec. 3, 2010, after leaving a party near the southeast Nebraska campus. Although her body was never found, the state issued a death certificate in 2013. Defense attorneys have said there's no proof she was a homicide victim.

A forensic pathologist testified Tuesday about what exposure to cold weather or water could do to someone, especially someone who was drunk. Witnesses have said Thomas was drinking heavily that night.

Authorities have said Keadle told investigators he and Thomas had sex in his vehicle that night at a boat dock on the Missouri River. They soon argued, and he told investigators that Thomas threatened to report he'd raped her. He's said he left her there and returned to Peru.

A jailhouse informant has testified that Keadle had told him he killed Thomas but "they'll never find the body." Defense attorneys have said the informant's use of methamphetamines might have altered his recollection.