Murder suspect in US illegally appeals case to Supreme Court

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Lawyers for a 20-year-old Salvadoran immigrant accused of killing four Nevadans are asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling upholding a grand jury's authority to indict him in Reno for two of the fatal shootings outside the county.

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Public defenders for Wilber Ernesto Martinez Guzman want the high court to dismiss two counts each of murder with a deadly weapon and burglary in the January deaths of Connie Koontz and Sophia Renken in Douglas County south of Carson City.

They say a Washoe County grand jury exceeded its jurisdictional powers when it indicted him in March on four murder charges following a weeklong killing rampage that ended with the shooting of an elderly couple in Reno.

A Washoe County judge sided last month with prosecutors who argued all Nevada grand juries enjoy statewide jurisdiction for felonies.

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