A Nevada judge on Thursday set a murder trial for a woman who was in state psychiatric treatment for more than seven years, charged with killing one person by intentionally driving her car into a pedestrian on the Las Vegas Strip, next year. planned.
Morton of Paris Paradise is set to face trial in May 2024 on murder and 70 other felony counts in an accident that killed an Arizona woman and injured dozens just days before Christmas 2015. and said nothing in court.
Morton remains in prison without bail. Last month, she told a judge that she was at odds with a public defender after refusing her plea bargain to evade her trial and send her to prison with the possibility of her parole. The length of her sentence has not been disclosed. If she is found guilty at trial, she could face life in prison.
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Clark County Deputy Attorney Anna Clarke continued to represent Morton on Thursday. Clark declined to comment on the matter outside her courtroom, but she said she and her attorney Scott Coffee are still representing Morton’s defense.
Morton, now 32, was charged as LaKeisha Nicole Holloway, the name she gave to authorities when she surrendered after the crash. She had legally changed her name from Holloway to Morton a few weeks ago.
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Jessica Valenzuela, 32, a tourist from Buckeye, Arizona, died after her car plowed through crowds on the sidewalk, killing at least one tourist from California, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Mexico and Canada. 35 people were said to have been injured. Near Paris Las Vegas Resort and Planet Hollywood Resort.
Las Vegas Boulevard is now lined with picket-like vehicle barriers called bollards to protect pedestrians.
Morton’s daughter, who was three years old at the time, was also in the car. Coffee said Morton no longer has custody of the children. Authorities had previously said the girl’s father lived in Texas.
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A native of Portland, Oregon, Morton arrived in Las Vegas days before the accident after traveling through several cities in the United States and Canada. She told police that she and her daughter were living in the car and that security had repeatedly led her out of the casino parking lot.