New charges filed in crime spree

Authorities have brought a slew of new felony charges against two men charged in a months-long valley crime spree that left two people dead.

The new grand jury indictments were handed up Friday against Gregory Hover, 38, and Richard Freeman, 19, for multiple counts, including robbery with use of a deadly weapon, burglary while in possession of a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery.

In that case, prosecutors accuse Hover of using a handgun to rob the casino areas of three grocery stores on Jan. 18, 22, and 28. Authorities said Freeman acted as a getaway driver and lookout.

The grand jury also indicted Hover on charges including burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property in connection with a break-in at an apartment where he had visited on Dec. 31 to serve legal papers. No one was home and Hover, a former process server for Junes Legal Service, is alleged to have returned that night and stole items he later tried to pawn, authorities said.

In separate cases, prosecutors already are seeking the death penalty against Hover and Freeman in the slaying of Prisma Ivette Contreras, 21, who was kidnapped . Authorities allege the men raped her, strangled her and cut her throat. The woman’s body was found in a burned-out car south of Boulder City on Jan. 15.

The men also face the death penalty in the Jan. 25 shooting death of Julio Romero, 64. Authorities said Hover visited Romero’s home to serve legal papers, and early the next morning Hover broke into the house, killed Romero and shot Romero’s wife, Roberta. She survived.

Hover and Freeman are being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

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