Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | 10:56 a.m.
Another court hearing will be held in August for a former Las Vegas police officer who investigators suspect had been part of a life insurance fraud/suicide plot to help his girlfriend, a local high-profile attorney, kill herself.
District Judge Jackie Glass today set a status check for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9 for defense attorneys to make sure they had copies of all evidence and transcripts for the upcoming trial for the former Metro officer, William Ronald Webb Jr., 43, and his girlfriend, attorney Nancy Quon.
Their jury trial will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 17.
Prosecutors say Webb and Quon were involved in a botched suicide/insurance fraud scheme in which Webb allegedly acquired drugs to help Quon stage what was to look like an accidental death and give her assets to her family.
Quon, a local attorney who represented homeowners associations, is being investigated in a separate case as part of an FBI probe into election corruption practices of condo homeowner associations. Quon's office was raided by the FBI in 2008 in an investigation that is ongoing.
On April 20, a grand jury indicted the couple, saying Webb and Quon conspired to acquire the drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, known by the street name GHB. The grand jury indictment said Quon gave Webb money, which he used to buy 29.19 grams of GHB.
The indictment says that Webb acquired the GHB on Nov. 9, 2010, through Robert Justice, who, in turn, acquired the GHB from an undercover Metro Police detective.
Investigators say Quon and Webb shared a home where a fire broke out on Oct. 28, which authorities claimed was part of the scheme. However, when a grand jury indicted Webb, Quon and Justice, they did not level any charges related to the fire or to insurance fraud.
Instead, Webb was charged with six felony counts, including conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to violate the uniform control substance act, two counts of trafficking in controlled substance of Schedule 1 drugs and burglary.
Quon, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the uniform control substance act, is out of custody on $3,000 bond. Quon did not appear at today's hearing, but was represented by her attorney, Tom Pitaro.
Webb is in custody in the Clark County Detention Center on $400,000 bail.
Justice, who is expected to testify at the trial for Webb and Quon, entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substances act. Justice will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15.