- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada man is expected to return to court in Las Vegas next week in a grizzly 2011 murder case after the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that his earlier guilty plea was illegal.

Clark County prosecutor Giancarlo Pesci told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (https://tinyurl.com/h73bgt4) he’s looking forward to trying Javier Righetti for the rape, torture and mutilation of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba.

Righetti was 19 at the time of the slaying. He pleaded guilty last February with no promise he won’t be put to death after police say he confessed to stabbing the Arbor View High School sophomore more than 80 times.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday his plea was unacceptable because it didn’t include an admission the killing was premeditated.

A district judge is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on his competency to stand trial.



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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, https://www.lvrj.com

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