One of two men
convicted in the 1993 murders that spawned the movie Boys
Don't Cry now says he was the only attacker
who shot and stabbed a transgender person and two other
new account that he was the lone killer could reignite a
case that drew the country's attention to the issues of
The man Nissen
once blamed for the killings, John Lotter, is now on death
row in Nebraska and has asked for a new trial.
Brandon Teena was
born a female but for a time lived as a man in rural
southeast Nebraska and dated a female friend of the two men.
Prosecutors said the 21-year-old was killed in a
farmhouse near Humboldt after reporting being raped by
Lotter and Nissen. During the trial, Nissen said he
had stabbed Teena but that Lotter fired all the shots that
killed Teena and the others.
''He has finally
admitted that the testimony that secured John Lotter's
conviction was all a lie,'' Lotter attorney Paula Hutchinson
maintained since his arrest that he is innocent.
Nissen, who is
serving a life sentence, made the admission in a sworn
affidavit now being used in Lotter's motion.
''I am the person
who shot and stabbed Teena Brandon. I am the person who
shot Philip Devine. I am the person who shot Lisa Lambert,''
Nissen says in the affidavit. He says that to avoid
the death penalty, he initially testified that Lotter
pulled the trigger.
Lisa Lambert, 24,
and Philip DeVine, 22, witnessed Teena's death in a
that the double-jeopardy rule against trying people for
the same crime twice will likely keep Nissen from being
tried again and possibly receiving a death sentence.
Lotter is seeking complete exoneration, saying he had
no role in the crime.
According to a
July report from Nissen's mental health counselor, Nissen
described himself as the ''trigger man'' in the murders and
told the counselor that ''the idea for the murders was
initially Lotter's idea'' but ''Lotter's gun jammed
and Nissen proceeded to shoot all three victims.''
that he did not have any problem admitting to the murders,
but...wanted Lotter to acknowledge his, Lotter's,
involvement with the crime,'' the report says.
said Thursday that she does not know what to believe
''I'm confused. I
don't understand if Nissen did it or Lotter did it,''
Joann Brandon said. ''I would've bet money on Lotter. He
just looked so guilty.'' (Nate Jenkins, AP)