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Teen takes plea deal for slaying of Lincoln man

July 23, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A teenager has taken a plea deal for the fatal shooting of a Lincoln man.

Lancaster County District Court records say 17-year-old Natavian Morton pleaded no contest Monday to manslaughter and a weapons crime. Prosecutors lowered a charge of second-degree murder and dropped two other charges in return for Morton’s pleas. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18.

Morton was 16 and was one of four young people charged in the March 26, 2018, slaying of 22-year-old Edgar Union Jr. Morton’s judge rejected a motion to move the case to juvenile court.

Prosecutors say Morton wasn’t targeting anyone in particular when he shot at a house during a confrontation between two groups of people.

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