Neb. high court orders new trial for Wyoming man in Kimball Co. murder

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Wyoming man sentenced to life in prison for killing a Colorado man in Nebraska.

Vencil Ash III, of Cheyenne, Wyo., was convicted last year of first-degree murder in Kimball County District Court. Authorities say 42-year-old Ash shot Ryan Guitron, of Fort Collins, Colo., to death in 2003 at an abandoned farm near Bushnell.

Investigators say Ash buried Guitron's remains in a woodpile at the farmstead. Human remains, identified as Guitron's, were found in the woodpile in 2010.

Authorities say Ash and Guitron were once roommates.

Ash's wife, 25-year-old Kelly Meehan-Ash, was initially charged with aiding and abetting and was set to stand trial with her husband.

But days before the couple's trial, she cut a deal in which she agreed to testify against Ash. Meehan claims Ash shot Guitron because he was upset after discovering her undergarments among Guitron's possessions.

The state's high court said Friday that Ash's requests to postpone the trial so he could prepare a defense against Meehan-Ash's testimony should have been granted.

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