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Nevada Supreme Court mulls appeal in 2019 quadruple homicide

In this May 20, 2019, file photo, Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman from El Salvador appears in...
In this May 20, 2019, file photo, Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman from El Salvador appears in Washoe District Court in Reno, Nev. Nevada’s Supreme Court wants to hear directly from lawyers on both sides in a death penalty dispute over how much more time public defenders should have to try to prove the Salvadoran immigrant is intellectually disabled and can't be executed if convicted of four 2019 Nevada killings. The justices have scheduled oral arguments April 7, 2021, on one of two appeals filed by lawyers representing Martinez-Guzman, 22.(Andy Barron | Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File)
Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 4:20 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada’s Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments next month in a death penalty dispute over how much more time public defenders should get to try to prove a Salvadoran immigrant accused of four killings is intellectually disabled.

Such a finding would prevent 22-year-old Wilber Martinez-Guzman from being executed if he’s convicted of the 2019 killings in two counties.

Public defenders say the April 20 deadline set by a judge in Reno for the filing of such a motion is illegal. They argue Nevada law requires such motions be made no later than 10 days before the trial.

The trial currently is scheduled to begin Sept. 20.

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