by Wheeler Cowperthwaite
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April 11, 2013
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District attorney considering death penalty in slaying of Nevada official in Carson City

Four suspects in the April 2 death of Nevada Chief Insurance Examiner William McCune were ordered held without bail Wedensday on open murder charges as prosecutors weigh whether they’ll seek the death penalty.

All four appeared before Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

Three of the suspects, Makyla Blackmore and Anthony Elliot, 20, and Raul Garcia, 22, were transported from Las Vegas on Tuesday night and arrived in Carson City shortly before 8 p.m. All were arrested Saturday. Michael Evans, 23, was arrested in Carson City. All four have been charged with open murder against a person 60 or older and burglary.

Carson City District Attorney Neil Rombardo said his office is still weighing the evidence and reports in McCune’s death.

“It’s on the table,” he said of the death penalty.

Rombardo said his office is looking into how it will assemble its prosecution team and will at least include the district attorney, Assistant District Attorney Mark Krueger and a deputy district attorney.

Prosecutors must balance factors in the case to determine whether they will seek the death penalty.

“It’s not about our personal opinion,” Rombardo said. “It’s about what the law supports.”

McCune was reported missing April 4 after he failed to board a plane for a work trip. His body was recovered Saturday in the Carson River.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office found McCune’s missing 2000 Dodge Dakota in Holbrook Junction on Monday afternoon.

It could take several weeks for blood test results to help determine McCune’s cause of death, Carson City Coroner Ruth Rhines said Monday.

McCune had worked as chief examiner for the Nevada Division of Insurance since December 2009.

He oversaw whether companies had sufficient money in reserves to cover claims and obligations.


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