The Nebraska Supreme Court found that law enforcement officers may have violated Susan DeJongs constitutional rights when they continued to ask her questions about her husbands 2010 beating death after she said she was exhausted and needed sleep, but their opinion also said the error -- and others at Susan DeJongs murder trial were harmless.
We begin by finding that the untainted, relevant evidence strongly supports Susans guilt, wrote Justice Michael McCormack.
The court found that she had motive and opportunity to kill her husband, McCormack said, and evidence at trial supported it.
On March 11, 2011, Susan DeJong called 911 and said her husband, Thomas, looked like hed gone through a meat grinder.
Thomas DeJong died later that night at a Lincoln hospital.
Investigators came to believe that Susan DeJong, who had bruises and sores on her palms consistent with swinging a hammer, caused the injuries.