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Salvadoran immigrant pleads not guilty in Northern Nevada killings

RENO — A 20-year-old Salvadoran immigrant in the U.S. illegally who’s accused of murdering four people in Northern Nevada during a 10-day crime spree in January has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Wilber Martinez-Guzman pleaded not guilty to four counts of open murder Tuesday at his arraignment in Washoe County District Court. He also entered not guilty pleas to charges of burglary and possession of stolen weapons.

Judge Connie Steinheimer scheduled his trial for April 6, 2020. A status conference is set for April 29, 2019.

Prosecutors announced last week they want him to be executed if he is convicted.

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

The district attorneys say that played no role in their decision to seek the death penalty.

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