Lyon County DA: No new murder charge against Eikelberger

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Lyon County District Attorney's Office has chosen not to file charges against a man first charged for murder in Reno.

41-year-old Robert Eikelberger was taken into custody Friday, February 23, 2018 in connection with the death of 29-year-old Sierra Ceccarelli on Devonshire Lane.

Police have not released any more details about the suspect or circumstances of the killing, which took place December 9, 2016.

After the arrest, Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks determined there may be a conflict of interest with his department, since his extended family has a relationship with the extended family of Eikelberger. That's according to the DA's spokeswoman Michelle Bays.

At that point, a request was put out for another jurisdiction to take over the prosecution, and Lyon County stepped in.

According to a statement released late the afternoon of March 9:

"After reviewing the reports and information related to the case, the Lyon County District Attorney’s Office decided not to file charges in the case at this time. This does not preclude further review or consideration of the case at a later date.

"The Lyon County District Attorney’s Office, Washoe County District Attorney’s Office and Reno Police Department are not in a position to discuss the facts of the case or the status of the investigation at this time, other than to confirm that an investigation into the matter continues.

"Release of information related to a pending investigation may compromise the integrity of the investigation. It is also necessary that all of these agencies protect the rights of the victim and the victim’s family, and all persons involved in the case. For all these reasons, additional
information regarding the facts and status of the investigation cannot be provided at this time.

"The Lyon County District Attorney’s Office will continue to assist the Reno Police Department and Washoe County District Attorney’s Office as needed. As further public information becomes available, one of all of the involved agencies will provide that information to the public."