RENO, Nevada (AP) – Authorities investigating four recent Nevada killings say murder charges are pending against a man suspected of being in the U.S. illegally
Wilbur Martinez-Guzman, 20, was arrested Saturday in Carson City and was held on possession of stolen property, burglary and immigration charges.
Authorities say they expect to file murder charges against him in the coming days in the shooting deaths of an elderly man Reno and two women who lived near the town of Gardnerville.
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said that he had lived in Carson City for federal immigration authorities at his office Martinez-Guzman for about a year and was in the country illegally.
Furlong said Monday she didn't know where Martinez-Guzman was originally from, and a message left with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not immediately returned. President Donald Trump mentioned the killings Monday in a tweet calling for his long-promised border wall.
Authorities say Connie Koontz, 56, was found dead Jan. 1
On Wednesday, the bodies of 81-year-old Gerald David, and his 80-year-old wife , Sharon, was found in their home on the southern edge of Reno, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Carson City.
Furlong said the investigation is ongoing and it's too soon to comment on a possible motive. He said Martinez-Guzman didn't have any attorneys who could comment on his behalf.
This story has been corrected to show Martinez-Guzman is 20 years old, note 19.
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