Washoe County D.A. will seek the death penalty against Wilber Martinez-Guzman


    Washoe, Douglas Co. DAs announce they will seek the death penalty in Martinez-Guzman murder case

    Prosecutors announced Thursday they will seek the death penalty against accused killer Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman.

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    Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson and Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks provided an update on the status of the case and their decision related to seeking the death penalty, saying several aggravating factors lead to their decision.

    In their press conference, Jackson and Hicks also announced that a grand jury has indicted a Salvadoran immigrant on murder charges in the killing of four northern Nevadans in January, which expedites the prosecution process.

    Martinez-Guzman is expected in court in a few weeks.

    The Washoe County grand jury handed up the indictment in Reno late Wednesday for 20-year-old Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman.

    Guzman is accused of fatally shooting an elderly Reno couple and two women in neighboring Douglas County during a week-long robbery spree in January.

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    The case has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who says it shows the need for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

    Three family members of the slain Reno couple were invited guests during the 2019 State of the Union address.

    Federal officials say Martinez-Guzman is in the United States illegally but they don't know how or when he got here.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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