Murder Suspects Appear in Court

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Updated: 12/09/2011 10:24 am
Reno, NV-- (KRNV and The three men charged in connection with the murder of a Hells Angels member at the Sparks Nugget in September appeared in Washoe District Court under heavy security Friday morning.

Gary Rudnick, Cesar Villagrana and Ernesto Gonzalez are accused of the fatal shooting of Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, president of the Hells Angels San Jose chapter, September 22 at the Sparks Nugget. Prosecutors say the three are charged under the "felony murder rule", which dictates that anyone who is taking part in a felony crime that results in a death can be charged with murdering that person.

In this case, prosecutors say the three men-- who are members of rival motorcycle gangs-- agreed to take part in a fight that ended with Pettigrew's fatal shooting.

A trial date has been set for October 29, 2012. A bail hearing is set for December 21. Rudnick and Gonzalez are in jail without bail. Villagrana has posted bail and been released. The three men will be tried together.
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yroph16718 - 12/10/2011 8:20 AM
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man what is next up there in reno nevada.

earth420 - 12/9/2011 1:08 PM
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I would love to know how these obviously radical characters managed to get their guns into the casino in the first place. The Sparks Nugget has to have cutting edge security for the size and scope of their casino ... and considering this was Street Vibrations week, a little more in the way of security measures should have been taken! It is unfortunate that these groups have to hate each other so badly that it resulted in the shooting death of someone. There should have been some way to keep the firearms out of the casinos!! What about the use of metal scanners like they use at concerts???

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