Suspect in Sparks Trespasser Killing Released After Bail Cut

By: StaffAP Email
By: StaffAP Email

STAFF UPDATE, 8/22/2014:
The Washoe County jail records division confirms Wayne Burgarello has been released from custody in the wake of this week's reduction in bail from $2,000,000 to $150,000.

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A judge in a murder case in Reno has slashed bail from $2 million to $150,000 for a 73-year-old man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed trespasser in a home he owns in Sparks.

Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan ruled Wednesday that Wayne Burgarello's failing health and lifelong ties to the community make it unlikely he'll skip out on his arraignment scheduled Sept. 3.

The judge agreed with the former school teacher's lawyer who said the $2 million bail set earlier was unconstitutionally excessive.

Burgarello has been in jail since his arrest in May for killing 34-year-old Cody Devine and seriously wounding a woman he found inside a vacant home he owns in Sparks in February.

Prosecutors say it was an unprovoked attack, but Burgarello says it was self-defense in a case that has brought attention to Nevada's "stand your ground law.


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