New Hearing Date Set for Brother-in-Law of Abilene Murder Victim

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A new date has been set for hearing on a "Motion to Return Confiscated Items" filed by the brother-in-law of an Abilene murder victim.

Luke Sweetser, 45, must now wait until April 27, 2017, to learn if a judge will release items seized from his home and storage facilities during the investigation into the murder of Abilene Realtor Tom Niblo, 54. 

The items include several firearms, phones, computers, electronic storage devices, journals, passports, personal documents, and more taken from Sweetser's home between December 12, 2016 (the day Niblo was shot and killed inside his south Abilene home) and the present date. 

Sweetser remains the only suspect publicly identified in connection to Niblo's murder, but he has not been officially charged with the crime.

However, he was taken into custody during the murder investigation after stolen firearms belonging to local attorney Randy Wilson were found in Sweetser's storage unit on Mesquite Street while detectives were searching the property in connection to Niblo's death.

Sweetswer was arrested on a Theft of Firearm charge after Wilson's firearms were discovered. 

Sweetser is trying to recover all items not connected to the theft charge. A hearing on this matter was initially set for April 6, 2017, but was later postponed after an amendment was filed. 

KTAB and KRBC will be in court while the proceedings take place later this month. Stick with BigCountryHomepage for any updates. 


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