A gunman and his getaway driver pleaded guilty Friday in the fatal shooting of 44-year-old mother Tammy Meyers.
The agreement with prosecutors included Erich Nowsch, 20, pleading guilty to second-degree murder with use of a deadly weapon, and Derrick Andrews, 27, pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
A plea deal “gives my family a chance to heal without the spectacle of a trial,” the victim’s husband, Bob Meyers, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week.
Nowsch testified late last year that he was high on marijuana when he confessed to last year’s killing.
The two initially faced charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a gun charge in Meyers’ death. Both men are being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.
Prosecutors said Andrews was behind the wheel of a silver 2000 Audi A6 from which Nowsch fired 24 shots, striking Meyers in the head on Feb. 12, 2015, while she stood in the cul-de-sac in front of her northwest valley home. She died two days later.
The shooting was initially attributed to “road rage,” but a prosecutor said the deadly chain of events started when Meyers saw Andrews’ car and mistakenly thought it was one that had earlier bumped hers.
Nowsch told police he was in a park across the street from Johnson Junior High School when he noticed a green car that seemed to be following him. He said he thought the car was carrying people who had threatened him and his family.
Nowsch called friends for help, according to police, then climbed into the Audi.
Meyers was in a green Buick Park Avenue with her son, Brandon Meyers. She approached from behind and followed as Andrews drove away, said David Stanton, the prosecutor.
Police said Nowsch was in the passenger seat of Andrews’ car with a Ruger .45-caliber handgun. He fired at least five shots at the Buick before Meyers drove away, authorities said, and Andrews and Nowsch then gave chase.
Meyers ultimately stopped her car outside her home, where she was caught in a hail of gunfire. Brandon Meyers returned fire with his own pistol but hit no one.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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