LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has denied a request to dismiss a murder charge filed against a driver who caused a deadly crash as prosecutors and public defenders clash over the new practice.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the court on Wednesday denied the Clark County public defender’s emergency motion, but said the underlying legal question remains unsettled.
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The case is one of at least seven murder charges filed by Clark County prosecutors against motorists who caused deadly crashes since 2017 as they try to send a message about the dangers of driving drunk or high on drugs.
Defense attorneys contend the law doesn’t allow for a murder charge in those cases.
Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson says charging a driver whose reckless behavior causes death with second-degree murder isn’t against the law.
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