Fernley, Mustang Murder Suspect Appears in Court
The man accused of murdering four people in Fernley and a fifth person in Mustang appeared in court Tuesday.
Tuesday's status hearing for Jeremiah Bean was to transfer his psychiatric evalutation to the Third District Court, in Yerington.
Bean was evaluated at Lake's Crossing, in Sparks.
All issues regarding Bean's competancy will be determined by the district court. "He is healthy. but when you are encarcerated in the Lyon County Jail, there is not much time that is spent out of doors," says Bean's attorney John Arrascada.
"Like anyone, in jail, he's concerned but we are working to move forward with his case and provide him effective representation...We're in the infancy of this case. We're still putting together our defense team and although it seems like this case has gone on for a bit of time, it truly is at the beginning point from a legal standpoint."
The 25-year-old is charged with 19 counts total, including 10 that are first-degree murder, most specifically for first-degree murder of a person over age 60. According to the criminal complaint, the additional five counts of murder are related to the alleged burglaries or attempted burglaries.
He was also charged with burglary with use of a firearm, burglary obtaining a firearm, grand larceny, grand larceny of motor vehicle, grand larceny of firearm, 1st-degree arson, robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of felon in possession of firearm.
Detectives say Bean entered Robert and Dorothy Pape's home on Jessica Lane in Fernley, on May 10th. While inside, they believe he stole jewelry and may have stolen a firearm, then they say he shot and killed the 84-year-old couple.
Three days later, on Monday, May 13th, authorities believe Bean stole the Pape's truck from their home, drove it to Mustang and shot and killed 52-year-old Eliazar Graham when Graham stopped to help Bean on the side of the road. Bean allegedly then took Graham's vehicle and returned to Fernley where he poured gasoline on the Pape's house and set it on fire.
From there, court documents say he murdered 67-year-old Angie Duff and 69-year-old Lester Leiber on Tamsen Lane.
John Arrascada has taken over lead counsel duties for Bean because he is qualified to handle potential death penalty cases.
A date has not been set for Bean's next appearance in court.
Written by Paul Nelson