State Not Going After Death Penalty in Failed Alleged Murder-Suicide

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 1/23 11:29 am
CARSON CITY, NEV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--88-year-old William Dresser made his first court appearance by video on Thursday morning. He has been formally charged with open murder with the use of a deadly weapon.

Judge John Tatro asked Dresser if he understood the charges against him, and he replied yes.  Judge Tatro appointed a public defender to represent Dresser after reviewing his financial information.

According the arrest report, Dresser told police his intention was to kill his wife to put her of out of misery, and then take his own life.  Dresser says his wife, 86-year-old Frances Dresser suffered an accident that left her paralyzed.  Dresser told police he took a gun with four bullets to the hospital that day, two were meant for him, two were meant for her. That plan allegedly failed after the gun malfunctioned after the first shot.  Mrs. Dresser was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center and passed away on Wednesday.

The couple was married for 63 years.

Carson City Assistant District Attorney Mark Krueger told Dresser and the judge Thursday morning that the state will not be going after the death penalty.

His bail is currently set at $225,000. His next court appearance will be on February 7th at 1:30 pm.
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