Former Las Vegas police officer William Ronald Webb was indicted by a Clark County grand jury Wednesday on charges of plotting to kill his girlfriend, attorney Nancy Quon.
The four-count indictment also charges for the first time a co-conspirator in the scheme, Robert Justice, a 44-year-old felon cooperating with authorities.
Justice is expected to strike a deal with prosecutors to testify against Webb. He has previously provided police with information suggesting Quon might have been part of the plot to cause her death.
Quon, 50, has told police that she never planned suicide, and she has not been charged in the case.
But police suspect that Webb and Quon plotted her demise because of an FBI investigation into allegations of fraud within homeowners associations around the valley. Las Vegas police describe Quon's indictment in the federal case as "imminent."
Justice told police the couple talked openly about their plan and wanted to arrange Quon's death so that Webb could get her estate in order and collect life insurance money for her children.
Wednesday's indictment moves the case directly to District Court, eliminating the need for Webb's Jan. 11 preliminary hearing in Henderson Justice Court on a previous criminal complaint, which is being dismissed.
District Judge Linda Bell ordered Webb to stay in custody on $400,000 bail and to appear for arraignment on the new charges on Jan. 13. The case has been assigned to District Judge Jackie Glass.
At the request of Chief Deputy District Attorney Sandra DiGiacomo, Bell issued a summons for Justice to make an initial appearance before Glass on Feb. 3. DiGiacomo had asked that Justice not have to appear in court with Webb.
Both Webb, 42, and Justice were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, trafficking in a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the controlled substances act. The indictment alleges Webb and Justice unlawfully obtained 51.4 grams of the club drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid to give to Quon.
According to a police report, Justice dealt directly with undercover detectives in the drug bust. After he was arrested on Nov. 9, he agreed to deliver the GHB to Webb later that day. Justice has been cooperating with police since then.
Last month, after evaluations urged by defense attorney John Momot, court-appointed psychiatrists found Webb competent to stand trial. Momot said Wednesday that Webb has a good defense.
"This is a triable case, and we're looking forward to bringing it before a jury," Momot said.
Webb, a police officer for more than 17 years, is alleged to have threatened a shootout with undercover detectives on the night of his arrest at the Green Valley Ranch Resort. Momot has said Webb was drinking heavily at the time and that he is still exploring competency issues.
Contact reporter Jeff German at jgerman@review journal.com or 702-380-8135 or read more courts coverage at lvlegalnews.com.