Murder Suspect Returned to Douglas County

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - A woman charged in the killing of a Topaz Ranch Estates man has returned to Douglas County to face an open murder charge.

The Gardnerville Record-Courier reports 38-year-old Jeanine Marie Escandon appeared in court Monday to hear the charges against her. A judge appointed a lawyer to represent her and she remains jailed on $1 million bail.

Escandon is accused of shooting 59-year-old Norman Welch, whose body was found Nov. 15 at his home. She was arrested Nov. 18 at her
brother's residence in Los Angeles after she allegedly fled Douglas County in Welch's vehicle.

She fought extradition for four months, but was brought back to Douglas County on Friday evening by two sheriff's investigators.

Court documents say Escandon reportedly acknowledged shooting Welch but claimed it was an accident.

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