Burgarello Pleads Not Guilty in Sparks Shooting

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A homeowner accused of murder and attempted murder in the shooting of two unarmed trespassers in Sparks has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Wayne Burgarello was arraigned Wednesday. His next court date is set for Oct. 15.

The 73-year-old former schoolteacher was arrested in May in the killing of 34-year-old Cody Devine and the serious wounding of a woman he found inside his often-burglarized, vacant duplex in February.

He was released from jail in August when he posted $150,000 bail that had been reduced from $2 million.

Burgarello claims he was acting in self-defense in the case that has drawn attention to Nevada's "stand your ground" law.