Nebraska death-row inmate John Lotter is appealing his conviction in the triple murder that inspired the 1999 film “Boys Don’t Cry” to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Lotter’s attorney filed notice of the appeal Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.
Lotter was convicted in the 1993 slayings of Teena Brandon and two others in a farmhouse near Humboldt. Lotter has maintained he is innocent. He claims that, among other things, the state used a threat of torture to coerce his friend Thomas Nissen into lying about the killings.
Earlier this year, a federal judge denied Lotter’s request to revisit the case. U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf said the case was sufficiently scrutinized by the Nebraska courts and a federal review wasn’t warranted.