Man charged in Fernley killing spree returns to court
Updated: Wednesday, July 24 2013, 01:34 PM CDT
FERNLEY -- The man accused of killing five people in and around Fernley in May appeared in court yesterday for a brief session, paving a path for the case going forward.
Jeremiah Bean returned to the Fernley Justice Court two and a half months after being charged with 10 counts of murder and 19 total charges in May’s Fernley-Mustang Ranch killings.
Bean’s defense team has doubled with the addition of death-penalty qualified attorney John Arrascada.
“We are in the infancy of the case,” says Arrascada. “We are still putting together our defense team and although it seems like this case has gone on for a bit of time, it truly is at the beginning point from a legal standpoint.”
Bean spent the past two months receiving a psychiatric evaluation at Lakes Crossing Mental Health facility in Sparks, with the centers findings being the topic of today’s one and a half minute hearing.
Judge Robert Bennett issued the transportation of Bean’s evaluation report to the third District Court in Yerington where a judge will review its findings.
“The next step is to have a potential hearing in front of the district court,” says Arrascada. “That is based on our request and the district courts feelings regarding all matters.”
After the district court judge decides how to continue based on the results of the psychiatric evaluation, the case will return to the justice court for future proceedings.
“It’s very hard in a potential death penalty case to have a timeline,” says Arrascada. “We will move it forward not only effectively but as efficiently as possible.”
In the meantime, Mr. Bean will remain incarcerated inside the Lyon County Jail.