RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 73-year-old Sparks man is headed back to court on a murder charge in the shooting of two unarmed trespassers at a vacant home he owns.
A justice of the peace ordered Wayne Burgarello last month to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
He is scheduled to appear before Washoe District Court Judge Patrick Flanagan at 9 a.m. Wednesday where the evaluation will be reviewed in a case that has brought attention to Nevada's "stand your ground" law.
Burgarello insists he was acting in self-defense when he killed a man and seriously wounded a woman he found in the house he owns in Sparks in February.
Nevada law allows the use of deadly force against attackers. It doesn't require the attackers be armed, but says the shooter cannot be the original aggressor.
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