- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The latest in the pending retrial of an ex-motorcycle gang leader whose murder conviction was overturned in the killing of a rival during a 2011 shootout at a Nevada casino (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A Washoe County district judge hasn’t decided yet whether to let a prominent Reno defense attorney represent an ex-motorcycle gang leader in a murder retrial now that he’s indigent and eligible for a public defender.

Judge Connie Steinheimer said Thursday she wants to settle that before she sets the retrial for Ernesto Gonzalez after the Nevada Supreme Court overturned his conviction in the killing of a rival gang leader during a Nevada casino shootout in 2011.

Gonzalez, an ex-Vagos leader, claimed he acted in defense of a fellow Vagos when he fatally shot a Hells Angels’ boss from California during a brawl at the Nugget in Sparks.

His lawyer for now, David Houston, has filed court papers indicating he wants to examine the original plea deal prosecutors cut with a co-defendant who was the only witness to claim it was an orchestrated “hit.”

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10:18 a.m.

A former motorcycle gang leader is expected to enter a plea before a judge in Reno for his retrial on murder charges after the Nevada Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a deadly shootout with a rival gang at a Sparks casino in 2011.

Ernesto Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday in Washoe District Court.

Judge Connie Steinheimer sentenced the former head of the Nicaraguan chapter of the Vagos gang to up to life in prison after his October 2013 conviction for the killing of Jeffrey Pettigrew. Pettigrew was the president of the Hells Angels in San Jose, California when a brawl erupted, turning the floor of the Nugget casino into a shooting gallery.

The Supreme Court threw out Gonzalez’s earlier conviction in December based partly on faulty instructions to the jury.

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