Jodi S Rowe (1965 - 2002)

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Jodi S Rowe
1965 - 2002
September 13, 1965
Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States
February 12, 2002
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States
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Jodi Sue Johnson
Jodi S Rowe of La Vista, Sarpy County, Nebraska was born on September 13, 1965 in Lancaster County, and died at age 36 years old on February 12, 2002 in Lincoln. Jodi Rowe was buried at Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park in Omaha, Douglas County, NB.
Updated: January 24, 2023
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Jodi S (Johnson) Rowe was born to Roger Johnson (1927 - 2021) and Maxine Virginia George (1920 - 2008).

Jodi Johnson married James Arnold Rowe (1960 - 1999). They had two children, a son and a daughter.

Three years after James died in an auto accident, a friend of his, Marty Nuzum, was charged with murdering Jodi by choking and stabbing her to death. While Jodi's family said that the two had never dated, later reports said that they had dated and that he murdered her when she tried to break off their relationship. Whether they dated or not, the prosecution contended that Nuzum had developed an "infatuation" for Jodi after her husband's accident. He would leave notes for her on her car and would visit her at her work.

After he killed Jodi, Nuzum drove to his sister's home and called the police to report that Jodi was "injured". Later, he was arrested, tried, and convicted of her killing. He was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder when he died in prison in 2023. See Ralston man serving life sentence for murder dies in Lincoln hospital.
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La Vista, Sarpy County, Nebraska 68128
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September 13, 1965
Lancaster County, Nebraska United States
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Jodi attended Clay Center High School in Clay Center, Nebraska.


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February 12, 2002
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murdered - choked and stabbed
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Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska United States
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Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park in Omaha, Douglas County, NB
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Jodi Rowe passed away at age 36 years old on February 12, 2002 in Lincoln, and was buried at Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park in Omaha, Douglas County, NB. Jodi S Rowe of La Vista, Sarpy County, Nebraska was born on September 13, 1965 in Lancaster County.

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Jodi S Rowe lived 34 years shorter than the average Rowe family member when she died at the age of 36.
The average age of a Rowe family member is 70.

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Jodi S. (Johnson) Rowe
1981 photo of Jodi Johnson at Clay Center High School, Nebraska.
Ralston man serving life sentence for murder dies in Lincoln hospital
by Kevin Cole update on January 23, 2023

A 62-year-old Nebraska prison inmate serving a life sentence for first-degree murder died Monday at a Lincoln hospital. Marty Nuzum of Ralston had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He admitted to stabbing and strangling his former girlfriend, Jodi Rowe, 36, of La Vista, on Feb. 12, 2002. Nuzum began serving a life sentence in 2003.

Nuzum’s cause of death has not been determined, according to a statement from the Nebraska Department of Corrections.
Nuzum, who had been an inmate at the state prison in Tecumseh, was being treated for a medical condition, the department said. Under state law, a grand jury investigates whenever someone dies while in custody.

According to prosecutors with the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, Nuzum had been dating Rowe, although Rowe had tried to end the relationship several times. Rowe tried to end it again in February 2002 and called Nuzum crazy, Nuzum told others. He punched, strangled and stabbed her. Afterward, he drove to his sister’s Omaha home. She persuaded him to call police. Police went to Nuzum’s apartment, where they found Rowe’s body, two bloody knives and a pair of bloody scissors.

An assistant public defender said his client was remorseful and had a long history of mental illness. The defense submitted a psychiatric evaluation of Nuzum to that effect.

In 2007, jurors rejected the claim of Rowe’s family that Nuzum’s psychiatrist had a duty to warn Rowe about a comment Nuzum made before the murder about hurting her. The decision came 2½ years after a different set of jurors deadlocked on the same issue.

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In 1965, in the year that Jodi S Rowe was born, on March 8th, the first US combat troops arrived in Vietnam. The 3500 Marines joined 23,000 "advisors" already in South Vietnam. By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers were in the country.

In 1970, she was merely 5 years old when on April 10th, Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles. (John Lennon had previously told the band that he was leaving but hadn't publicly announced it.) By the end of the year, each Beatle had his own album.

In 1985, by the time she was 20 years old, on March 15th, the first internet domain name was registered - Symbolics, Inc., a spinoff of the MIT AI Lab, was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Massachusetts. The company no longer exists and the domain name was sold 25 years later.

In 1994, she was 29 years old when on May 6th, former political prisoner, lawyer, and activist Nelson Mandela was elected the first black President of South Africa. He was 75 when he was elected and he served one five-year term.

In 1999, when she was 34 years old, on January 1st, the Euro became the new official single currency of the eurozone. It was used by Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain and has since spread in use. Daily, over 337 million Europeans use the euro.

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