ELKO – One of three murder suspects in an Elko County home invasion is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing this month, while at least one suspect remains at large.
Documents filed in justice court shed more light on the July 7 incident in which Bradley Smith, 33, was killed in a shootout after three men broke into his home on the outskirts of Elko, possibly in an attempt to steal guns.
An Elko County Sheriff’s detective reported that a witness saw three people forcibly enter the residence through the front door at about 11:30 p.m. The witness heard gunfire and then saw two people dragging a third person out of the house and into a car.
Smith and a 32-year-old woman were in bed when they heard a loud bang and then another loud bang. The woman said Smith then got up and grabbed his handgun from the nightstand as the bedroom door was kicked in.
The woman recognized one of the men. She heard gunfire and then ducked behind the bed.
At one point she said she heard Smith pleading with the men not to shoot anymore. When the gunfire stopped, she saw Smith lying face down in the living room.
A deputy was able to identify one suspect from his Facebook page as Tieres Allen Lopez, 23, of Elko.
Lopez was arrested July 8 and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 16 on a charge of open murder. District Attorney Tyler Ingram has notified the court he does not intend to seek the death penalty.
Alan J. Honeyestewa, 24, of Elko sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was later found at a residence on Wongobi Street in the Upper Elko Indian Colony. He was taken to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital and later transported to a Utah hospital.
Honeyestewa was arrested by police after he was returned to the Elko hospital on July 17.
On July 13, the Elko County Sheriff’s Office identified two other “persons of interest” in the case.
Taylor Robert Miller, 27, of 1701 Buckskin Drive is a Native American male 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. Tyrell Mitchell Holley, 34, of 1610 Buckskin Drive is a Hispanic male 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds.
Neither has been located.
According to an unidentified witness, the men were planning to steal guns from the residence.
Lopez and Honeyestewa face charges of open murder, attempted robbery with the use of a firearm or deadly weapon, invasion of the home with possession of a firearm and/or deadly weapon, and burglary with the use of a firearm or during which a firearm is obtained; along with six alternative counts.