Neb. High Court Reverses Order for New Trial

ne-supreme-court(AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has reversed a lower appeals court’s order for a new trial for a Grand Island man convicted of drug charges.

In June, the Nebraska Court of Appeals reversed Roger Dalland’s meth conviction and granted him a new trial. The appeals court found that an officer was wrong to search Dalland’s vehicle because he smelled marijuana on Dalland inside the Aurora Police Department.

The Nebraska Supreme Court reversed that ruling on Friday. The high court said the appeals court erred by not taking into account an officer’s statement that Dalland had told him about needles in the vehicle before the officer searched it.

The state Supreme Court directed the Court of Appeals to affirm Dalland’s conviction and sentence.