Prosecutors might seek death penalty in McCune case

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Updated: 10/11/2013 2:36 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & -- Carson City prosecutors might know by the end of this week whether they will seek the death penalty in the murder of William McCune.

The Carson City District Attorney, Neil Rombardo, told News 4 that he is waiting for the results of the autopsy on McCune before he makes a decision on whether to pursue the death penalty. Prosecutors believe the 62-year-old McCune was beaten and robbed before his body was bound in duct tape and dumped in the Carson River.

He had worked as the head state's insurance division.

Last Friday, defense attorneys for four people accused in the crime began laying the groundwork for a potential death penalty case. Defense attorneys painted the victim, McCune, as having a "darker side," asking the judge for permission to obtain court records and information regarding sexual offenses allegedly committed by McCune including information on an arrest of McCune back in 1977 on felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and aggravated crime against nature. Both the D.A. and judge agreed to the defense's request. The defense says this information is key

The defendants in this case are all young, with youngest being age 20. The Washoe County Coroner's Office is expected to provide information from the medical examiner's office on how McCune died, including McCune's toxicology report.
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NVWatch Dog - 9/2/2013 10:15 AM
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Note – In 2007 Neil Rombardo DID NOT seek the death penalty in 2007 – The death penalty will not be sought against David Winfield Mitchell, who is charged in the 1982 murder of an 18-year-old woman. On April 6, police recovered the beaten body of William McCune in the Carson River. Within days, four people were arrested in connection with his murder. On April 10, District Attorney Neil Rombardo issued a press release stating he was considering the death penalty. He said a team would be assembled to help him make his decision. See the scandal play out here:

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