A twenty-five year old person has been arrested in connection with five deaths in Northern Nevada. Yesterday law enforcement found two people dead in one Fernley house, two others in a nearby house, and another in a ditch on the I-80. The suspect was ultimately found hiding out in a garage. He faces charges for homicide and the Nevada crime of burglary.
The Nevada crime of burglary occurs when someone enters a structure or dwelling with intent to commit either a felony, assault, battery, and/or the crime of obtaining money by false pretenses inside. It is not an element of burglary that the defendant "break and enter" -- a person may commit burglary by walking through an open door or window. The most typical defense is that the defendant had no intention to commit a crime while he/she was entering the structure or vehicle.