OMAHA, Neb. — A judge has ordered an Omaha man to stand trial in the fatal shootings of his parents and niece in a case that could see him facing the death penalty.
Forty-six-year-old John Dalton Jr. was ordered to stand trial Wednesday following his preliminary hearing. He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and four weapon charges in the Dec. 26 deaths of 70-year-old John Dalton Sr., 65-year-old Jean Dalton and 18-year-old Leonna Dalton-Phillip. Police say another niece — a 6-year-old girl — hid under a couch and was able to identify John Dalton Jr. as the shooter.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says his office still is looking at evidence to decide whether to pursue the death penalty.
Police say they arrested Dalton on Dec. 27 in Jackson, Tennessee.