Higgs Preliminary Hearing Set for Dec. 7th

The husband accused of killing former State Controller Kathy Augustine has been ordered to appear at a preliminary hearing in Reno Justice Court on December seventh on a charge of open murder.

Chaz Higgs waived his right to conduct the hearing within two weeks during a video hookup today between the Reno courtroom and the Washoe County Jail, where he is being held without bail.

Higgs is accused of killing his wife in July by injecting her with a paralyzing drug that was confirmed months later by toxicology tests at an FBI lab in Virginia.

A search warrant unsealed today also shows that they day after she died, investigators found a glass bottle labeled to contain a general anesthesia drug at the Carson City home the couple shared.

They also seized a datebook journal containing handwritten notes, bedding and sheets and a gray tee-shirt with some cuts.

Higgs, a critical care nurse, told emergency room doctors and later the media that he believed Augustine had suffered a massive heart attack. She went into a coma and died on July 11th at a Reno hospital.

The search warrant was issued after a Washoe County detective
received a call from another medical professional who said he or she had received information that suggested Augustine may have been given a controlled substance in an attempt to kill her.