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Nebraska attorney general: 1937 killings of 2 lawmen solved

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Investigators long suspected two known criminals were responsible for a shooting that killed two Nebraska lawmen in 1937.
   But it wasn't until 80 years later that the case was re-examined, when one of the suspect's sons told investigators he, too, believed his father was responsible.
   The Nebraska Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday investigators consider the case solved after a three-year effort that included tracking down decades-old case files.
   The office says evidence shows that the two suspects -- Marion Cooley and Charles Doody -- shot Boone County Sheriff Lawrence Smoyer and County Constable William Henry Wathen outside a farm near Albion on June 17, 1937.
   The lawmen were ambushed while investigating a suspicious vehicle. Smoyer died instantly. Wathen died 108 days later.
   Cooley died in 1965, and Doody in 1995.
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