Nevada Supreme Court puts immigrant killings case on hold
Added 03-27-20 04:22:02pm EST - “The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Washoe County prosecutors lack jurisdictional authority - at least for now - to prosecute a Salvadoran immigrant in Reno for two of the four killings that he's accused of committing outside the county.” - Washingtontimes.com
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Washoe County prosecutors lack jurisdictional authority - at least for now - to prosecute a Salvadoran immigrant in Reno for two of the four killings that he’s accused of committing outside the county.
The high court ordered Judge Connie Steinheimer to reconsider her refusal to dismiss some of the charges accusing Wilbur Martinez Guzman of going on a six-day killing rampage in northern Nevada in January 2019.
But the justices explained Thursday she could deny the motion again if she determines the crimes were sufficiently related to justify prosecuting him in Washoe County for all the shootings, including two in nearby Douglas County.
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For now, they said Steinheimer has incorrectly concluded the Washoe County grand jury enjoyed statewide authority to indict him on the Douglas County counts.
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