- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Attorneys for a 20-year-old accused of killing a Las Vegas mother of four in a hail of gunfire didn’t exactly declare Tuesday that they’re ready for trial next month.

Augustus Claus, representing Erich Milton Nowsch Jr., didn’t say they weren’t ready, either.

Claus told Clark County District Judge Michael Villani that forensic and DNA experts he and co-counsel Conrad Claus want to call as witnesses may not be available.

Villani stood firm. He told the Claus brothers and a lawyer for co-defendant Derrick Andrews that trial will start Oct. 19. There must be other experts available, the judge said.

Andrews, 27, is accused of driving a vehicle in February from which Nowsch allegedly opened fire twice at Tammy Meyers and her adult son - once while they were in a vehicle several blocks from the Meyers’ home and one fusillade in a cul-de-sac outside the home.

Tammy Meyers, 44, was shot once in the head in the second shooting. She died at a hospital two days later.

Her husband, Robert Meyers, said Tuesday he was glad to move closer to closure in the case.

“There’s been enough things said,” he said outside court. “It’s time to put it to rest.”

Nowsch’s lawyers could still seek a delay by appealing Villani’s ruling that the jury can see Nowsch’s videotaped confession to police.

Nowsch testified last month that he was so high from smoking marijuana before surrendering to police that he didn’t know what he was saying.

Andrews’ lawyers, Joshua Tomsheck and Roy Nelson, have said they’re ready for trial.

They could still affect the schedule if they file documents seeking a separate trial. Tomsheck said Tuesday no decision had been made.

Prosecutor David Stanton has said the shooting appears to have resulted from a series of misunderstandings and coincidences.

The shooting was initially characterized as a random road rage incident. It turned out that Nowsch knew the Meyers family from neighborhood encounters and had even been to their home for dinner.

Stanton said Tammy Meyers apparently believed the car with Nowsch and Andrews in it was the same one driven by a man who threatened her and her daughter while they drove home from a late-night driving lesson in a school parking lot about an hour earlier. That man has never been found.

Nowsch told police he summoned Andrews and his car because he thought the car cruising late at night in the school parking lot contained drug thugs who had threatened him and his family.

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