A longtime Nebraska death row inmate died Saturday, according to prison records. Arthur L. Gales was 55.
In 2003, he was sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of two children, 13-year-old Latara Chandler and 7-year-old Tramar Chandler, in Omaha in 2001.
Gales got another 50 years for the attempted murder of their mother, whom he'd severely beaten.
Only two men on death row had been there longer — John Lotter and Raymond Mata.
Gales was said to have had cancer. A grand jury will be called to review his death, as is done by state law whenever an inmate dies in state custody.
Nebraska's 11 death row inmates
Carey Dean Moore
* Carey Dean Moore, June 20, 1980, Douglas County. Moore killed two Omaha cab drivers five days apart, Reuel Van Ness Jr. and Maynard Helgeland. Van Ness was shot during a robbery, with Moore’s younger brother along, and Helgeland was shot three times, Moore has said, just to prove he could take a man's life all by himself.
* Patrick Schroeder, Aug. 31, 2006, Johnson County. Schroeder was convicted of strangling his cellmate, Terry Berry, at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in April 2017. At the time, Schroeder was serving a life sentence for beating Pawnee City farmer Kenny Albers to death and dumping his body in a well in 2006.