Defense condemns ‘rush’ to convict in four Nevada killings

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 7:15 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Public defenders say the state’s “rush” to convict a Salvadoran immigrant of four capital killings in northern Nevada violates his Constitutional rights.

They’re urging a judge in Reno to delay the trial indefinitely due to COVID-19 travel restrictions keeping them from gathering evidence in El Salvador about his intellectual ability.

Prosecutors argue lawyers for 21-year-old Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman have failed “to justify a never-ending continuance of his case.”

A judge postponed a status hearing late Wednesday where both sides were scheduled to make their arguments. She cited the defense team’s failure to meet a filing deadline. A new hearing date is pending.

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