Ex-classmates testify that defendant had asked them to lie

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BEATRICE, Neb. -- Former classmates testified that a college student charged with killing a woman asked them to lie about his whereabouts the night the woman went missing in southeast Nebraska.

Joshua Keadle is charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing another classmate, Tyler “Ty” Thomas, 19, of Omaha. Thomas disappeared Dec. 3, 2010, after leaving a party near the southeast Nebraska campus. Although her body was never found, the state issued a death certificate in 2013.

Keadle, according to testimony, had driven to a Nebraska City theater with three other students to see a movie. Just before arriving back at their dorms, they saw Thomas, who appeared to be intoxicated after a night of college parties. Keadle then broke off from the others, saying he was sick and needed to use a bathroom.

One of those who’d gone to see the movie, Jacob Aguirre, testified Monday that he recalled seeing Keadle in the lunch hall on campus after Thomas was reported missing.

″(Keadle) came up to me and asked me, ‘If anybody says anything, or if anybody asks, can you tell ‘em that I was with you guys, all night?’

“At the time, I didn’t think nothing of it,” Aguirre testified. “I said, ‘Yeah, OK.’”