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Oxley murder case hearing delayed

Staff Reports

The man accused in the shotgun slaying of his roommate’s ex-husband is appeared in Douglas County District Court this morning only to have the case continued.

James Matlean has been held in the shooting death of Ben Oxley for more than a year. When prosecutors took the death penalty off the table, attorney Ken Stover said he would ask District Judge Michael Gibbons to set bail in the case.

Matlean pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder with use of a deadly weapon on Dec. 6 and is set for a two-week trial to begin July 19.

Dawn Oxley, 38, the victim’s ex-wife and the suspect’s former girlfriend, was given immunity from prosecution in the murder in exchange for her truthful testimony against Matlean.

During a two-day preliminary hearing, she denied any involvement in Oxley’s death despite testimony by her son that he heard his mother and Matlean drunkenly discuss killing the victim on Feb. 20, 2008, the night before he was shot to death.