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Suspect brought back to Lincoln to face charges in killing

Suspect brought back to Lincoln to face charges in killing


An Omaha man accused in the July killing of a Lincoln woman in her home has been brought back to Nebraska from Independence, Missouri, to face charges.

Charles E. Gresham III, 19, made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon, a day after Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies transported him back to Lincoln to face two counts of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Audrea Craig and Gresham's brother, Martae Green, during a robbery at Craig's home July 24.

Lancaster County Judge Laurie Yardley didn't appoint an attorney to represent Gresham because he said he was going to look into the possibility of hiring one. She set his bond at $3 million, meaning he would need to post $300,000 to get out of jail.

If convicted, Gresham would face a life sentence on each charge, plus five to 50 years more for use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Police have said they believe he and Green, 26, kicked in the front door of the home, entered carrying handguns with their faces covered and tried to rob Craig, 34, of marijuana or money.

There was a struggle in Craig's bedroom, and Craig fired a 9mm handgun, hitting Green in the pelvis.

Craig was shot twice in the chest and died at the scene, police said. Green died a short time later after being dropped off outside the ER at Bryan West Campus about a mile away.

Three others, Rubin J. Thomas, 28; Jesse T. Foster, 21; and Sylvester LeBlanc Jr., 25, each are accused of use of a firearm to commit a felony and two counts of first-degree murder for their alleged involvement in the plot.

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