Defense for quadruple killing suspect files motion to dismiss

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - The defense in the case of Wilber Martinez-Guzman, a Salvadoran immigrant in the US illegally, has filed a motion to dismiss part of the case. The motion is based on what the defense calls insufficient evidence and hearsay, but also on the fact that his team feels it's not appropriate for a Washoe County grand jury to indict someone for crimes that took place in another county.

The motion to dismiss deals specifically with the Gardnerville murder charges, not those in Reno. Burglary charges are also included. The request asks that his confession to the Douglas County murder charges be thrown out.

Martinez-Guzman has pleaded not guilty to murdering four people in Reno and Gardnerville in January, as well as burglary and possession of stolen weapons.

At arraignment, Martinez-Guzman was given a trial date of April 6, 2020. His attorney, Washoe County Public Defender John Arrascada, and prosecutors, Washoe District Attorney Chris Hicks and Douglas County DA Mark Jackson, say trial and penalty could take up to eight weeks.

Prosecutors have announced their intent to seek the death penalty.

The suspect waived his right to a speedy trial.

No decision has been made on the motion to dismiss. There will be monthly legal status hearings on the case, with attorneys on both sides discussing any developments. The next is set for May 20, 2019.

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