Ex-worker in Neb. abuse case won’t get new judge

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A former Beatrice State Developmental Center worker accused of abusing developmentally disabled adults who lived at the center won’t get a new judge for his second trial.

Beatrice radio station KWBE reports Gage County District Judge Paul Korslund refused to recuse himself from Matthew Pangborn’s trial.

But Korslund is still considering whether to move the trial to another location.

Pangborn was sentenced last year to 15 to 23 years in prison after being convicted in July 2012 of four counts of abusing a vulnerable adult and several other charges. He was accused of beating and choking residents when he worked at the Beatrice State Developmental Center in 2011.

The Nebraska Supreme Court ordered a new trial because jurors at Pangborn’s first trial used a chart that prosecutors created during deliberations.

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Information from: KWBE-AM.

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