CARSON CITY — A 20-year-old woman told detectives that three men beat Nevada’s chief insurance examiner to death and robbed him while she waited in a vehicle, according to court documents.
Makayla Blackmore is accused of driving Michael Evans and Raul Garcia, both 23, and Anthony Elliot, 20, to William McCune’s apartment, then waiting outside.
The four were booked on murder charges in the death of the 62-year-old McCune, whose blanket-wrapped, duct-taped body was found April 6 in the Carson River in Carson City.
They remain in the Carson City jail, and it was unclear Saturday whether they have attorneys.
Sheriff Ken Furlong has said a possible motive was theft driven by illegal drug use, and prosecutors have not ruled out the death penalty in the case.
According to court documents obtained by the Nevada Appeal, the four defendants met at a Carson City motel before the April 2 beating. Authorities have said at least one of the defendants knew McCune socially.
Evans told investigators he did not know McCune, and that the others told him to knock on McCune’s door and ask to use the restroom. McCune offered Evans an alcoholic drink and the two were drinking when Garcia and Elliott arrived, Evans said.
Evans said they used various objects in the apartment to beat McCune and tied him up with duct tape when he struggled. The three are accused of asking for the personal identification numbers of his debit cards and then loading McCune’s truck with items from his apartment.
A report states they knew that McCune was dead when they left his Dolphin Bay Apartment unit.
Evans told detectives they returned the next night and tried to clean the apartment. He said they put McCune’s body in his car and dumped it in the river.
Evans, Elliot and Blackmore corroborated the details during separate interviews with investigators, according to the documents.
Detectives said they found blood on various items in Elliott’s apartment, and that Elliott, Blackmore and Garcia tried to use McCune’s checks and credit and debit cards to get money and buy things. The three were returned to Carson City after being arrested April 6 in Las Vegas. Evans was arrested the same day in Carson City.
A preliminary hearing is set for April 25.
As head of the division’s corporate and financial affairs section, McCune oversaw whether companies had sufficient money in reserves to cover claims and obligations.