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DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS

Accident victim’s family sues ambulance provider, drivers

The family of a woman killed in a downtown Las Vegas wreck Sept. 27 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against private ambulance provider American Medical Response.

Attorney Jonathan R. Hicks named AMR and driver Melanie Digaetano as defendants in court papers filed Monday.

Fe Revilla Gascon, 66, died when the car she was riding in tried to cross Las Vegas Boulevard at Bridger Avenue.

According to allegations contained in court papers, Digaetano was traveling north on the boulevard when she failed to stop at a red light. Court papers do not clarify whether she was driving with lights and siren.

Hicks alleged AMR was negligent in entrusting the ambulance to Digaetano and in its training and supervision.

Also named in the lawsuit was Ricardo Gutierrez-Jimenez, who was driving the car in which Gascon was a passenger.

NOVEMBER DEATH

Motivational speaker indicted in slaying of Las Vegas woman

A British motivational speaker has been indicted on charges he killed a Las Vegas woman during a meditation session and stuffed her body in a trash barrel.

Michael Victor Lane’s court-appointed lawyer, Dan Silverstein, said Lane will plead not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and robbery with a deadly weapon handed up by a grand jury Friday.

A preliminary hearing was canceled Monday.

The 37-year-old Lane is jailed on $2.26 million bail in the slaying of 44-year-old Ginger Candela. Prosecutors allege Lane killed Candela in November and fled to California.

Lane was arrested Dec. 3 at a motel in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said he was using Candela’s name and credit card and still had her maroon Toyota SUV.

1994 SEXUAL ASSAULT

U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal by Nevada inmate

A Nevada inmate lost a U.S. Supreme Court bid to challenge what jurors were told about DNA evidence against him in the 1994 sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl.

The nation’s highest court ruled Monday that it would not hear the evidence issue, but it gave Troy Don Brown, 38, another chance to argue before a federal appeals court that he received ineffective legal representation at trial.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto called the ruling a victory for prosecutors and the state after they lost arguments about the DNA evidence in lower courts.

Paul Turner, an assistant federal public defender in Las Vegas handling Brown’s appeals, has argued that the conviction should be overturned if the DNA evidence were insufficient.

The high court reversed a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that an analysis of DNA evidence overstated the likelihood that body fluids found at the rape scene were from Brown. The high court pointed to a standard set in a 1979 case that called for courts to consider all of the evidence in a case, not just evidence being challenged.

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