Lawyers for a man accused of murdering an 80-year-old Verdi woman are asking for his charges to be dropped.
Joaquin B. Hill, also known as Kiven Johnson, was indicted by a Washoe County Grand Jury in 2005 for the slaying of Alice Virginia Mosconi back in 2001.
But in motion recently filed by public defenders, Hill claims some of the Grand Jurors knew people involved in the case on a personal level, and that they should have been disqualified.
Hill was serving a 9-year prison term in California on stolen vehicle and drug charges, when a Washoe County Crime Lab's Analysis of DNA evidence and a flashlight helped to link Hill to the 2004 murder.
In June 2005, Joaquin B. Hill, also known as Kiven Johnson, was indicted by a Washoe County grand jury for the June 2001 slaying of Alice Virginia Mosconi.
Mosconi's husband, Henry "Hank" Mosconi, was the Verdi Justice of the Peace from 1954 until his death in 1980.