October 1, 2014
ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A 23-year-old man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man in downtown Elko.
A district court jury found Patrick Dunn of Spring Creek guilty Thursday in the shooting of Erik Espitia after an early-morning May 27 melee involving eight people.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports that Elko County District Attorney Mark Torvinen argued the fight had essentially ended by the time Dunn fired his gun. He also maintained Dunn shot Espitia because he was drunk and angry.
Defense attorney John Ohlson claimed Dunn acted in self-defense. He said Dunn was not the aggressor in the fight, and feared for his life and the life of his friends.
Dunn awaits sentencing Jan. 25. Espitia's family says the verdict represented closure.