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Hearing set in official’s death

by Wheeler Cowperthwaite
William McCune

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 25 in the murder of Nevada Chief Insurance Examiner William McCune, 62, in Carson City.

One of the suspects in the case, 20-year-old Makyla Blackmore told investigators that Michael Evans, 23, Anthony Elliot, 20, and Raul Garcia, 23, planned the April 2 robbery at a Carson City Motel. She said she drove the men to McCune’s apartment at the Villas at Dolphin Bay on Silver Oak Drive and waited outside.

Evans knocked on McCune’s door, saying he had to go to the bathroom. McCune let him in, offered him an alcoholic drink. That’s when Elliot and Garcia came in and attacked McCune, beating him with items they found in the apartment and tying him up with duct tape that Evans had purchased on the way. The trio asked him for the personal identification numbers for his debit cards, and loaded McCune’s truck, later found at Holbrook Junction in Douglas County, with items from his apartment.

They knew that when they left the apartment that McCune was dead. The cause of his death has not been released.

The next day, April 3, McCune’s co-workers visited his apartment after he failed to show up for work. His car was there and they knocked on his door, not knowing that his broken body was lying inside.

Evans told investigators the conspirators returned that night, and attempted to clean up the crime scene. They dumped items into the apartment trash bin, and backed McCune’s car up to his apartment and loaded his body into the trunk to dump it by the Carson River, where it was found three days later.

The search for McCune began on April 4 after he failed to appear for a work-related flight, and his co-workers contacted the sheriff’s office. A neighbor provided investigators with information that led them to Elliot, also known as Anthony Morris. Sheriff Kenny Furlong speculated the news McCune was being sought spurred Blackmore, Elliot and Garcia to flee to Las Vegas, where they later were captured.

During a search of Elliot’s apartment, investigators found blood on various items. Evans, one of Elliot’s associates, told investigators he was at the motel where the plan was hatched with Blackmore, Elliot and Garcia.

Investigators tracked use of McCune’s checks, credit cards and debit cards by the three suspects while they were on the run. Security footage confirmed Blackmore, Elliot and Garcia were using the items.

All four defendants are being held without bail on charges of open murder of a person over 60 and burglary.