RENO (AP) - A 34-year-old man has been arraigned on a murder
charge stemming from the October bludgeoning death of his Reno
Jeffrey Sims awaits a March 2008 trial date after pleading not
guilty Friday in Washoe County District Court.
Prosecutors say they would consider whether to seek the death
penalty against Sims, who was paroled from prison for a Clark
County burglary conviction two weeks before 38-year-old Joan Varley
was struck with a dumbbell in her River's Edge Apartment office.
She was found with head injuries October 25th and died a short
time later at a hospital.
A local H-I-V and AIDS organization provided Sims with housing
at Varley's complex, which she owned with her mother.
Varley had been a substitute teacher in the county school
district. Previously, she had gone to Hollywood and played bit
parts, including working as a double for Lisa Kudrow, a star on the
hit television show "Friends."
In Reno, Varley acted in plays with the Reno Little Theater.
Sims was arrested at the Reno motel where her stolen car was
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