A man who went to a party with his friend in November ended up fatally shooting the friend as he was shooting at another man, an Omaha police detective testified Tuesday.
A judge ruled that Tip Mut, 21, will stand trial on charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder, two firearms charges and tampering with evidence.
Authorities said Mut fatally shot 21-year-old Gabriel Miller and injured 22-year-old Goa Dat on Nov. 7 after a fight.
Miller, Mut’s friend, died soon after being taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the back of his head. Dat was shot twice in the lower back and survived.
Mut was not booked in connection with the case until March, about a month after Miller’s mother told police that Mut twice had told her that he had shot Dat.
Mut and Miller had lived together in Colorado before they both moved back to Lincoln, and the two had been close friends for years, Officer Brian Wucher testified.
Omaha police interviewed Mut the next day in a Lincoln Police Department office. He told them that he realized a fight was occurring in the street, but his back was turned when the shots were fired. He said he then saw Miller lying on the ground.
Mut told police that his sister, who was kneeling near Miller, took Miller’s gun and handed it to him.
In February, Miller’s mother told Wucher that Mut disclosed to her the day after the shooting and on Dec. 29 that he had shot Dat but not Miller.
In a second interview, Wucher said, Mut told police that after he saw his sisters fighting with Dat, he took out a gun and fired at him, but Miller stepped in front of Dat. Miller was not the intended target, Wucher said.
After the hearing, Kyra Miller, Gabriel Miller’s mother, said there’s more to what led up to the killing of her son. She said everyone who was involved should be held accountable.
“I just really want the truth to come to light,” she said. “It’s just a tragedy all around because they were friends.”