State Supreme Court to decide on motion to dismiss charges in Gardnerville murders

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Supreme Court has heard from both the prosecution and the defense in a motion to dismiss the charges against a man accused in two murders in Douglas County.

Wilber Martinez-Guzman is accused of killing Sophia Renken and Connie Koontz in their Gardnerville homes, and a Reno couple, Jerry and Sherri David, within a period of ten days in early January 2019. He was indicted for all four murders by the Washoe County Grand Jury and the case is being jointly prosecuted by the district attorneys’ offices of both counties.

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Martinez-Guzman's defense team argued that a Washoe County grand jury had no jurisdiction to indict their client on a case outside of Washoe County.

The prosecution argued, that the alleged crime spree started in Washoe County when they say Martinez-Guzman stole the gun from the David's home in Reno, then used that gun to murder Renken and Koontz in Gardnerville -- a fact that the prosecution says shows the intent started in Washoe County.

As of now, Martinez-Guzman's trial is still scheduled for April 2020. There is a possibility that the judge could grant an earlier motion by the defense to continue the trial. The case is due back in court for a November 25, 2019 hearing regarding that motion.

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