RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - At a hearing February 8, 2019, a Carson City Justice of the Peace ordered Wilber Martinez-Guzman to be moved from the Carson City jail to the Washoe County jail within a week to face murder charges. He was booked in Reno later the same day on four counts of open murder and three burglary charges.
Mugshot courtesy Washoe County jail
The suspect faces 36 Carson City counts of burglary, possession of stolen firearms and possession of stolen property, and he waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing on those cases.
That allowed him to be transferred to Washoe County to face the four murder charges in a joint prosecution with the Douglas County DA’s office.
Essentially the Carson City case is being put on hold to allow the murder case to proceed first. At the end of the murder case, the Carson City DA’s office will evaluate where things stand and decide whether to proceed with its case.
This was done after consultation with the victims’ families and reflects their wishes.
The judge ordered a status hearing on the Carson City charges in July, but Martinez-Guzman does not have to be present for that.
He is charged with killing Sophia Renken and Connie Koontz in Gardnerville, and Gerald and Sharon David in Reno, all within about a week in January.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A 20-year-old Salvadoran accused of murdering four people in Nevada is going before a justice of the peace who will consider whether he should be tried initially on burglary charges related to items he allegedly stole from the victims.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday in Carson City Justice Court to determine whether there's enough evidence to bind Wilber Martinez-Guzman over for trial in district court.
The stolen property includes a revolver prosecutors say Martinez-Guzman admitted stealing from a Reno couple less than two weeks before he shot them at their home Jan. 16.
County prosecutors intend to extradite him to Reno eventually to face murder charges in the killing of the couple and two other women a week earlier in Gardnerville.
Immigration officials say Martinez-Guzman entered the country illegally but they say they don't know when or where.
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