LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Supreme Court this morning denied an appeal by convicted murderer John Lotter, who is on death row for a 1993 triple murder that was the basis for the movie, "Boys Don't Cry."
Lotter had appealed his death sentence after his co-defendant in the murders, Marvin "Tom" Nissen, recanted his original testimony.
Fourteen years after the slayings, Nissen signed an affidavit stating that he had lied at Lotter's trial and that he, not Lotter, actually killed the victims at a farmhouse near Humboldt.
Lotter, now 38, was sentenced to death for the murders of Teena Brandon, 21, of Lincoln; Lisa Lambert, 24, of Humboldt; and Phillip DeVine, 22, of Fairfield, Iowa.
Brandon, a woman posing as a man, told Falls City police that she had been sexually assaulted by Nissen and Lotter after they discovered her true gender. Her story became the basis of the 1999 movie.
In exchange for his testimony against Lotter, Nissen, 37, was sentenced to life in prison.