DA May Seek Death Penalty Against McCune Murder Suspects - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

DA May Seek Death Penalty Against McCune Murder Suspects

Posted: Updated:

The District Attorney's Office says it may seek the death penalty against the four people accused of killing the chief insurance examiner for the state of Nevada.

Makayla Blackmore, Raul Garcia, Anthony Elliot, and Michael Evans made their initial court appearance before a judge in Carson City Wednesday - where a judge ordered them held without bail.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for two weeks from tomorrow.

Prosecutors say they beat 62-year-old William McCune to death and robbed his apartment.

McCune's duct-taped blanket-wrapped body was found Saturday in the Carson River.

Carson City Coroner Ruth Rhines says it could take several weeks for tests to show how McCune died. He was positively identified by the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office through dental and medical x-rays.

McCune was reported missing on Thursday after he did not show up for work and missed a work-related flight. Deputies responded to an apartment in the 700 block of Silver Oak Drive just after 8:30 a.m., and discovered signs of an obvious struggle.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says at least one of the suspects has had direct contact with McCune in the past. Detectives believe illegal drugs could be involved, and a possible motive behind the incident.

Evans is charged with murder, murder of an older person, battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm and burglary. Blackmore is charged with murder and burglary, Garcia is also charged with murder and burglary, and Elliott is charged with murder.

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Aces Thump River Cats to Pull Even

    Aces Thump River Cats to Pull Even

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:11 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:11:56 GMT
    The Reno Aces jumped out to a second-inning 8-0 lead and went on to a 9-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats Thursday night at Raley Field. More >>
    The Reno Aces jumped out to a second-inning 8-0 lead and went on to a 9-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats Thursday night at Raley Field. More >>
  • Reno Police Shoot Robbery Suspect

    Reno Police Shoot Robbery Suspect

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:58 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:58:19 GMT
    Multiple agencies are investigating after an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police in front of a Reno casino Sunday evening. More >>
    Multiple agencies are investigating after an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police in front of a Reno casino Sunday evening. More >>
  • Aces Win to Force Winner Take All Game on Labor Day

    Aces Win to Force Winner Take All Game on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:09 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:09:23 GMT
    The Reno Aces used a pair of home runs and a dominant relief performance by Bo Schultz to grab a decisive 7-3 win over the Sacramento River Cats Sunday night at Raley Field.More >>
    The Reno Aces used a pair of home runs and a dominant relief performance by Bo Schultz to grab a decisive 7-3 win over the Sacramento River Cats Sunday night at Raley Field.
    More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Reno Police Shoot Robbery Suspect

    Reno Police Shoot Robbery Suspect

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:58 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:58:19 GMT
    Multiple agencies are investigating after an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police in front of a Reno casino Sunday evening. More >>
    Multiple agencies are investigating after an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police in front of a Reno casino Sunday evening. More >>
  • Man Stabbed Multiple Times Across from UNR

    Man Stabbed Multiple Times Across from UNR

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:36:37 GMT
    Reno police are searching for the suspect who they say stabbed a man multiple times over fake University of Nevada football tickets.More >>
    Reno police are searching for the suspect who they say stabbed a man multiple times over fake University of Nevada football tickets.More >>
  • Fatal Rollover on Highway 50

    Fatal Rollover on Highway 50

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:11:01 GMT
    One is left dead after a vehicle rolled over on Highway 50 at East Nye.More >>
    One is left dead after a vehicle rolled over on Highway 50 at East Nye.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.