Washoe judge clears way for trial in four 2019 homicides

Washoe judge clears way for trial in four 2019 homicides


RENO, Nev. (AP) – A judge has cleared the way for a Salvadoran immigrant to be tried in Reno for all four homicides he’s accused of committing during a six-day crime rampage in two northern Nevada counties in January 2019, but the trial is still at least months away.

Washoe County District Judge Connie Steinheimer has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a motion by public defenders for Wilber Martinez-Guzman to postpone the trial indefinitely so they can eventually travel to El Salvador to gather information about his background, including his mental capacity.

Travel there currently is prohibited due to the coronavirus.

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Martinez-Guzman, 21, is facing the death penalty after he was indicted last year in the killing of an elderly Reno couple and two Gardnerville women in their homes.

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled in March that Washoe County prosecutors lack jurisdictional authority to prosecute him in Reno for the two killings in nearby Douglas County.

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