Trial to be delayed in Las Vegas officer's death


The trial of six men charged in connection with the slaying of a Las Vegas police officer at his North Las Vegas home in November will be delayed.

The trial was originally set for Feb. 16 after four of the defendants invoked their right to a speedy trial.

"The trial's not going on," District Judge David Wall said Wednesday during a status check with defense attorneys and prosecutors.

Defense attorneys are expected to file motions to dismiss the case, and prosecutors need time to respond to the motions. A hearing for those motions was set for Feb. 19. A new trial date was not immediately set.

Four of the defendants are charged with multiple felonies including murder with use of a deadly weapon and burglary: Saul Williams Jr., 20; Quadrae Scott, 18; Prentice Marshall, 18; and Adrian Pena, 18.

Half-brothers Emmitt Ferguson, 18, and Michael Ferguson, 25, are charged with accessory to murder and conspiracy. They are accused of trying to cover up evidence related to the slaying, investigators said.

North Las Vegas police say Marshall, Pena, Williams and Scott were in Pena's car when they saw the open garage door of officer Trevor Nettleton's North Las Vegas home. Nettleton, who had just finished his patrol shift, was in the garage.

During an attempted robbery of Nettleton, a gunbattle erupted. Nettleton was shot and killed by Marshall, police said.

 

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