The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man convicted of
1st-degree murder in a car-bombing on top of the Luxor parking garage in 2007.
Omar Rueda-Denvers was convicted in the bombing that killed Willebaldo A.
Dorantes. He and his codefendant, Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, were found guilty of
placing the pipe bomb on the car.
Rueda-Denvers said he didn’t know that Duarte-Herrera made the bomb and was
placing it on the roof of Dorantes’ car.
The court rejected the argument of Rueda-Denvers that the trial of the 2 men
should have been separated.
Duarte-Herrera claimed that Rueda-Denvers built the bomb and was the mastermind
of the plan. Rueda-Denvers said he did not know anything about the plot.
Duarte-Herrera also received a sentence of life without the possibility of
In another ruling, the court dismissed a petition by Kevin James Isle,
sentenced to death for the murder of a man he believed was going to “snitch” to
Las Vegas police about his illegal gun and drug dealings.
The court said Isle lured Justin Lusch into the desert in 1994 with a promise
of a drug deal with the intent to kill him. Lusch was found shot three times.
The court rejected Isle’s argument that an aggravating circumstance to justify
the death penalty should not have been introduced at the penalty hearing.
Isle had been convicted of the murder of another man, but he maintained that
conviction did not precede the Lusch murder and that aggravating circumstance
In a separate case heard by the court, John D. Chartier was found guilty of two
counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his ex-wife, Rachel
Bernat, and her father, Carlos Aragon, outside Bernat’s Las Vegas home in 2004.
Chartier and Bernat were involved in a court battle over custody of their son.
In his appeal, Chartier maintained there was insufficient evidence to support
The victims were stabbed to death by Chartier’s close friend David Wilcox.
Chartier did not directly commit the murders, but a jury convicted him for his
alleged role as a conspirator.
Chartier claimed an error was made at the trial when he was not permitted to
introduce all of the medical records of Wilcox to show he suffered from a
post-traumatic stress disorder.
The court also on Thursday denied a petition to reconsider its previous
decision rejecting the appeal of Edward Thomas Wilson, who was sentenced to
death for the 1979 stabbing of undercover Reno Police agent James Dean Hoff.
(source: Las Vegas Sun)