Conviction handed down in Alliance murders

An Alliance man has been found guilty of two counts of first degree murder and two counts of using a weapon to commit a felony.

A six-man and six-woman jury deliberated the case of 26-year-old Dominick Dubray for two-and-a-half hours Monday afternoon before returning the verdict.

Dubray was convicted in the deaths of 22-year-old Cathy Chevez of Alliance and her step-father, 42-year-old Michael Loutzenhiser of Scottsbluff, who were found dead in Dubray's home in Alliance during the early morning of February 11, 2012.

The trial began October 9.

During closing arguments Monday morning, lead prosecutor Matt Lierman with the Nebraska Attorney General's office, the lead prosecutor for the state, described the case as an act of rage that erupted from a domestic dispute between Dubray and Chevez, who had a child together.

Lierman stated that Dubray savagely stabbed Chevez 19 times and Loutzenhiser 22 times.

Defense counsel Thomas Sonntag of Scottsbluff told the jury that Dubray was acting in self defense. He stated that Dubray had been stabbed in the abdomen, neck and chest and was fighting back.

Dubray was the recipient of 17 stab wounds, which prosecutors say were self-inflicted and, for the most part, superficial.

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