Salvadoran pleads not guilty to 4 northern Nevada murders
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Salvadoran pleads not guilty to 4 northern Nevada murders

Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson answers a reporter's question as Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks, right, looks on at a news conference Thursday, March, 14, 2019 in Reno, Nev. The two announced they will seek the death penalty for a Salvadoran immigrant accused of murdering four northern Nevadans during a week-long killing spree in January. A grand jury handed up a 10-count indictment late Wednesday charging Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman with four counts of murder with a deadly weapon as well as burglary and weapons charges. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

RENO, Nev. — A 20-year-old Salvadoran immigrant in the U.S. illegally who’s accused of murdering four people in northern Nevada during a 10-day crime spree in January has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Wilber Martinez-Guzman pleaded not guilty to four counts of open murder at his arraignment in Washoe County District Court on Tuesday. He also entered not guilty pleas to charges of burglary and possession of stolen weapons.

Judge Connie Steinheimer scheduled his trial for April 6, 2020. A status conference is set for April 29, 2019.

Prosecutors announced last week they want him to be executed if he is convicted.

The case has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who says it shows the need for his proposed border wall.

The district attorneys say that played no role in their decision to seek the death penalty.

The Associated Press



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