Trial set in Fallon church slaying case

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FALLON, Nev. (KOLO)-- A man accused of shooting a fellow church member at a Fallon church pleaded not guilty Thursday to all four counts, including first degree murder.

John Kelley O'Connor, 49, is scheduled for a three-week trial on March 1, 2021 in Churchill District Court.

O’Connor is accused of killing Charles "Bert" Miller, 61, a life-long Fallon resident and a well-known and well-liked member of the Volunteer Fire Department. Miller and O’Connor were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on West Williams Street. O’Connor is alleged to have shot Miller during church in July 2018. No motive has been given.

O’Connor’s mental competence had been at issued, but he was ruled able to stand trial and was arraigned on Wednesday. O’Connor answered the judge’s questions promptly on Wednesday and understood the potential penalties, including death.

Defense attorney Richard Davies indicated he will seek a change of venue, but Nevada law requires an attempt to seat the jury first without the chance of venue.

The current plan is to call as many as 100 jurors a day for three days to get the jury.

Retired Judge William Maddox is slated to hear the case.

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