Faust Trial Scheduled to Begin

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A mother of three is scheduled to go on trial in Otoe County for a second time Monday for the deaths of two people in Palmyra.

Kimberly Faust was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison for the death of Shannon Bluhm, the girlfriend of her estranged husband, and of Robert Parminter, a good Samaritan who tried to help Bluhm.

The 37-year-old Faust was awarded a second trial in May by the Nebraska Supreme Court on a 5-2 vote.

The court ruled her first trial was unfair because testimony was allowed that she had a history of violence.

On Friday the jury for the second trial was chosen from a pool of Sarpy County residents because of concerns that Faust would not get a fair trial in Otoe County.

The jury is made up of seven women and five men who will commute to Nebraska City for the trial. The trial is expected to last a week.

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