ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A former district attorney who served as a prosecutor in the last death penalty conviction in Elko County has been appointed as the lawyer for the defendant in a potential capital murder case.
An Elko County justice of the peace appointed former DA Gary Woodbury Tuesday to represent 18-year-old Bryce Dickey of Spring Creek in the March 8 killing of 16-year-old Gabrielle “Britney” Ujlaky. He scheduled a preliminary hearing April 7-8.
Dickey’s court appearance was the county’s first broadcast electronically since coronavirus limited courtroom hearings to fewer than 10 people, according to the Elko Daily Free Press.
District Attorney Tyler Ingram has reserved the option of seeking the death penalty if Dickey is convicted, so Dickey must be represented by a death penalty-certified lawyer.
Woodbury was the DA when Kelly Rhyne was convicted and sentenced to death in 2000 for the 1998 murder of Donald “Lobo” Brown outside an Elko bar. Ryhne’s sentence was vacated 10 years later.
Woodbury said Rhyne’s was the last death penalty case he would ever prosecute because of the high cost compared to seeking life imprisonment.
Since then, other DA’s have sought death penalties, but they all ended in life sentences under plea agreements, most recently in Spring Creek in 2016.
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