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No Death Penalty in Carson City Hospital Shooting

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An 88-year-old Nevada man facing a murder charge for shooting his wife in a hospital will not face a potential death penalty.

"There's no reason to even consider the death penalty on this based on the information we have," Carson City District Attorney Neil Rombardo told Channel 2 News. "We're very comfortable with the position."
 
The Associated Press reports a prosecutor made the announcement Thursday when William Dresser made an initial appearance in Carson City Justice Court.
 
Justice of the Peace John Tatro appointed a public defender to represent him and set a preliminary hearing for Feb. 7.
 
Dresser appeared via video conference from jail. He sat quietly, showed little emotion, and answered questions from the judge in short sentences.
 
He is charged with open murder for killing his wife of 63 years, Frances Dresser.
 
She was shot in the chest Sunday and died three days later.
 
Dresser told police he intended to kill her to end her suffering and then kill himself but his gun jammed. 

"This is one of those cases that's pretty clear," Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong told Channel 2 News. "There isn't a whole lot of exigent factors that need to be developed. He was there. He was alone with her. He had a gun in his hand, and he admits to it."

Rombardo says regardless of Dresser's wife wanting to die, Nevada does not allow assisted suicide.

"Even if Nevada did recognize this type of euthanasia, or mercy killing, it would not be legal in the way Mr. Dresser went about doing it," he said. "You don't get to take a loaded firearm into a public building and shoot someone. That's not how it works, even in the states where it is legal."

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