Man Pleads Not Guilty In Brother's Death

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A man accused of killing his brother in Pershing County pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of first-degree murder.

Tim Dale, 49, appeared for arraignment before District Judge Richard Wagner, who set a May 24 trial date, a court clerk said.

Dale is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his brother, Warren Dale.

He has also been identified as a suspect in a federal investigation into the theft of 2,000 pounds of dynamite in Winnemucca in 2001.

The explosives were recovered by federal and local authorities last month in a mine shaft along the Pershing-Humboldt county line about 150 miles northeast of Reno.

While searching for the explosives in an abandoned mine, investigators found the remains of a person they think was killed two years ago.

Another man, James Malone, 61, had been charged with accessory to murder for allegedly covering up the crime. But his case was dismissed earlier this month when a justice of peace determined there was insufficient evidence for him to stand trial.

Malone and Dale were charged Sept. 22 on information authorities received from an informant who led them to human remains.