Attorney for Beatrice man charged with murder, seeks to bar commemorative buttons of victim, during trial

BEATRICE – The attorney for a Beatrice man charged with murder is filing a motion aimed at preventing relatives and friends of the victim to wear commemorative buttons during the trial of his client, later this month.

Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner Wednesday sustained the motion by attorney Benjamin Murray, who represents Brandon Long. 

The 25-year-old Long is charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, in the shooting death late last year of Alex Rader, of Beatrice.  Rader was shot in the overnight hours, as he stood outside Long’s residence in Beatrice while Long's fiance and two-year-old daughter were in the home.  Investigators said Long had suspected Rader of having a relationship with his fiance. 

A Gage County District Court jury trial is scheduled to begin, September 27th.

In sustaining the defense motion, the judge said he wants the formal motion to include both the courtroom and areas outside the Gage County Courthouse, concerned about influencing jury members selected to hear the case.

In court Wednesday morning, Murray said he fears the wearing of commemorative buttons in court in support of the victim in the case, could prejudice the case against his client.  Judge Schreiner noted that here have been issues outside the courtroom between the families of both Long and the victim. 

The Gage County Attorney’s office did not object to the motion offered by the defense.  Long has been held in the Gage County jail, since his arrest.