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Men Charged in Killing of Cross Dresser, Two Others

January 4, 1994

FALLS CITY, Neb. (AP) _ Two men accused of attacking a woman who posed as a man were charged Monday with murdering her and two other people at a farmhouse near this rural town.

John Lotter and Marvin Nissen, both of Falls City, were charged with three counts each of first-degree murder in Friday’s slayings of Teena Brandon, Lisa Lambert and Phillip DeVine.

Brandon had posed as a man named Brandon Teena and dated women in this town of about 1,000 residents until her sexual identity became known after she was arrested on alcohol and forgery charges. She was killed two weeks later.

Richardson County Attorney Douglas Merz has declined to comment on a possible motive.

Lotter, 22, also was arraigned on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting Brandon on Christmas Day. Nissen, 21, was arraigned on one count of aiding and abetting first-degree sexual assault and one count of kidnapping in that case. Both men were ordered held without bond.

Brandon, 21, moved to the area about three months ago from Lincoln and lived with Lambert, 23, and Lambert’s infant son, Tanner, at the farmhouse. The baby was at the farmhouse during the killings but was not hurt.

DeVine, 22, of Fairfield, Iowa, was a friend of Lambert’s sister.

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