Judge ponders more delay in Sparks trespassing murder trial

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The judge in the murder trial of a Sparks man accused of killing an unarmed trespasser is sorting through numerous motions from lawyers on both sides in the case that has brought attention to Nevada’s “stand-your-ground” law.

Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan is expected to decide during a hearing Friday whether to grant another delay in Wayne Burgarello’s trial scheduled to begin in less than two months.

The 73-year-old former Sparks school teacher originally was scheduled to go to trial in January. But prosecutors and his defense lawyer have been arguing about the evidence they want to present to the jury.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Bruce Hahn told the judge at the last status hearing March 4 it’s unlikely they’ll be ready to start the trial on May 18.

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