The pre-trial hearing for the man arrested for murdering his adopted mother last summer was again continued on Wednesday.
Robert Marygold, 60, is now due back in court on Dec. 7, at 9 a.m.
Marygold’s defense attorney, Harry Gensler, requested the continuance as ballistics testing has not returned from a Las Vegas Metro lab.
Nye County Sheriff’s deputies found the body of his stepmother, Alma Marygold, in the home they both shared.
Authorities believe she was killed July 13, 2015.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Gensler requested Justice of the Peace Kent Jasperson grant the continuance.
“Your honor, we are going to request another continuance because the state sent off some things to the lab that we need to review before we go to a preliminary hearing and we don’t have them back,” he said.
Gensler was referring to the issue of DNA and forensic evidence testing. Both sides need to examine the results of the tests before the case proceeds any further.
The forensic ballistics testing relates to the bullets recovered from the crime scene.
According to the sheriff’s office, Marygold, after waiving his Miranda rights, admitted to shooting his adopted mother, Alma Marygold, twice in the chest with a .45 caliber handgun and concealing her body within the residence.
As a result, the Nye County District Attorney’s office filed five felony charges in the case, including murder with the use of a deadly weapon, robbery with the use of a deadly weapon, battery with the use of a deadly weapon, fraudulent use of credit card or debit card, and theft.
Authorities said Marygold allegedly obtained his stepmother’s credit card without permission to make ATM withdrawals or purchases totaling approximately $1,900 at various locations throughout town.
Deputies responded to the residence on West Florida Street to check on the welfare of the elderly woman after out-of-state family members called to report they had no contact with her for several days.
Family members spoke with Marygold about their mother’s whereabouts at the time. They were told she had gone camping.
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