September 18, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Bail has been set at $2 million for a 73-year-old former school teacher accused of murder in the shooting of two unarmed trespassers that is bringing attention to Nevada's "stand your ground" law.
Wayne Burgarello says he was acting in self-defense in February when he killed a man and seriously wounded a woman he found in a vacant house he owns in Sparks just east of Reno.
His public defender, Justin Champagne, wanted bail set at $20,000. He insisted the elderly man is not a flight risk and said it will be impossible to post such excessive bail.
Sparks Justice of the Peace Chris Wilson said the seriousness of the charges and the safety of the community outweighed any presumption of innocence at Thursday's bail hearing.
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