Preliminary hearing set for suspects in Nevada state official's murder

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Updated: 4/25/2013 10:34 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The four suspects accused of killing Nevada's Chief Insurance Examiner William McCune and dumping his body in the Carson River were in court Thursday.

The preliminary hearing for the four suspects is now set for July 9-12.

Anthony Elliot, Raul Garcia, Mikyla Blackmore and Michael Evans are facing open murder charges for McCune's death.

Today they appeared before Judge John Tatro and a packed courtroom.

They are accused of murdering McCune after his body was found in the Carson River just a few days after his coworkers reported him missing and investigators found a bloody crime scene and signs of a violent struggle at his apartment.

District Attorney Neil Rombardo says there is a lot of work to be done in the next two and a half months.

"We look for any conflicts or if there are any potential issues that might arise that we need to bring to the court," Rombardo said. "Our job is to ensure that these four defendants get a fair trial."

Although the D.A.'s office has not decided if they will pursue the death penalty in this case, each of the suspects has been appointed a death penalty certified attorney.

Marc Picker now represents Evans and says their team is gearing up for July 9.

"Between now and then we'll be looking at a lot of the evidence," Picker said. "We'll be doing some investigation and we'll be looking at what the possible defenses are."

During the preliminary hearing Rombardo said they will determine whether or not there is enough probable cause to send this case and the four suspects to trial.


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NVWatch Dog - 4/26/2013 7:45 AM
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They all belong in jail including Judge Tatro - see http://NevadaStatePersonnelWATCH.wordpress.com
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