Jury selection continues in murder trial

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Updated: 7/23/2013 11:42 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Day two of jury selection in the high profile murder trial involving members of rival motorcycle clubs got underway in Reno Tuesday.

It was a packed courtroom Tuesday with close to 100 potential jurors being screened by the judge and attorney's.

According to Judge Connie Steinheimer, the court started with 170 potential jurors on Monday.

That was whittled down to 95 potential jurors who came back Tuesday.

Steinheimer said they will wrap up jury selection Tuesday afternoon, and select 12 jurors and three alternates.

The defendant in this case, Ernesto Gonzalez, president of the Vagos chapter in Nicaragua, is accused of killing Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, who was the Hells Angels president of the San Jose chapter.

The alleged shootout took place at John Ascuaga's Nugget in September of 2011 during Street Vibrations.

His co-defendant in the case, Cesar Villagrana, accepted a plea deal on Monday, changing his plea to guilty to avoid trial.

One of Gonzalez's attorney's said on Monday he's hopeful they'll find jurors who will consider the evidence with an open mind.
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Rickerwill - 7/23/2013 2:35 PM
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The reporter also needs to learn that the plural of attorney is attorneys. The improper overuse of apostrophes in written English is a very annoying recent development that seems to have grown out of "chatspeak" and other perversions of our language. Any proofreaders over at News 4?

Paladin - 7/23/2013 12:37 PM
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"The alleged shootout took place at John Ascuaga's Nugget" What's ALLEGED?! Isn't it an obvious fact that there was a shootout at the Nugget with bullets flying and everyone running for cover. This reporter needs to grow a pair and report the facts, quit couching everything in the world of "alleged".

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