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February 21, 2013
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Bail reduced in handgun incident

Bail was reduced Wednesday from $50,000 to $25,000 for a Johnson Lane resident who is accused of pointing a handgun at his wife several times, and yelling "bam!" when the weapon failed to discharge.

Scott Allen Simpson, 43, also is charged with battery that constitutes domestic violence committed by strangulation, and carrying a concealed weapon, in connection with the Feb. 12 incident at his residence on Fremont Street.

According to reports, Simpson arrived home from work early that morning, grabbed his wife by the throat, and punched her in the head. The victim said she got away, and called 911. By this time, the suspect had pointed a gun at her head, pulled the trigger, and yelled "bam!" and, "the gun jammed."

The victim's sister and brother-in-law, also at the residence, claimed Simpson pointed the weapon at the victim three more times. He left the residence, and was stopped by deputies who saw him in his truck in the driveway of his home.

They discovered the gun in the back of his pants, and said he had been drinking. He was carrying a .40-caliber Beretta.

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim said Simpson choked her with such force, she saw white spots and nearly passed out.

Simpson's lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said his client had never been in trouble before, and had a steady job in Reno. He said Simpson was willing to stay in Reno, wear a global positioning system, and would have no contact with the alleged victim.

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter asked that the bail remain, citing the gravity of the charges, and the fact that if convicted, Simpson faces mandatory prison on the domestic battery charge.

Perkins refused to release Simpson on his own recognizance, but did reduce the bail.

He set Simpson's next court appearance for Feb. 27.

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 21, 2013 04:35PM Published Feb 21, 2013 04:31PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.