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October hearing set for man accused in girl’s rape, stabbing death


Sam Morris

Javier Righetti sheds a tear while making his initial appearance in district court Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, on charges of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba.

Javier Righetti in court

Javier Righetti sheds a tear while making his initial appearance in district court Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, on charges of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba. Launch slideshow »

Vigil for Alyssa Otremba

Samantha Forecki, 15, center, and her mother, Michele Enk, hold up candles during a vigil for 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba at Arbor View High School Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.  Otremba, an Arbor View sophomore and school band member, was found slain on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Vigil held for slaying victim Alyssa Otremba

KSNV coverage of friends and family remembering the life of slain 15-year-old Arbor View High School student Alyssa Otremba, Sept. 7, 2011.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie reacts to teen's slaying

A preliminary hearing has been delayed until October for Javier Righetti, who Metro Police say confessed to last Friday’s stabbing death and rape of 15-year-old Alyssa Otrembra.

After shedding a few tears while talking to his public defender, Timothy O’Brien, Righetti waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 15 days and also waived the formal reading of the charges against him.

Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen set Righetti’s preliminary hearing for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14 in Las Vegas Justice Court. He's being held without bail.

Righetti, 19, was arrested on charges of murder with a deadly weapon, sexual assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon.

After the brief hearing, Chief Deputy District Attorney Giancarlo Pesci said he couldn't comment on whether the district attorney’s office would bypass the preliminary hearing process and try to get an indictment through the grand jury process.

Pesci also would not say whether the district attorney’s office would be seeking the death penalty, if a preliminary hearing or a grand jury indictment results in the matter being sent to Clark County District Court, where Righetti would enter a plea.

However, Pesci said the district attorney’s office was treating the case as a high priority.

“When a young girl gets raped and stabbed, it is,” Pesci said.

According to a police report, Alyssa had sent her mother a text message at 6:38 p.m. Friday that she was walking on Grand Teton to return home and would be home in about 30 minutes.

Police said the girl had walked to a nearby junior high school to meet with her friend to get a geometry book so she could do the homework she missed when she was out of school sick.

While she was walking, her friend called her and said he couldn’t meet with her, so Alyssa decided to return home, police said.

Alyssa’s mother, Jennifer Otremba, said her daughter never came home, prompting her to call her phone and search for her, the police report said. The girl’s mother then called Metro and reported that she was missing.

On Saturday, family and friends were searching for her when a body was found in a vacant lot south of the victim’s home, police said. The body was that of a female, and was burned and unrecognizable, police said.

On Monday an autopsy was performed and the body was identified as Otremba’s, police said.

“The body had more than 40 stab wounds to the face, neck, chest, stomach and thighs,” the police report said. “The body had been burned using an accelerant.”

On Monday, Elizabeth Morales, the girlfriend of Righetti’s friend, Daniel Ortiz, told police that while she was with Ortiz on Friday night, he received numerous phone calls from Righetti, but ignored them. She said Ortiz eventually called him back, and Ortiz told her he was worried Righetti had killed someone.

Police contacted Ortiz at the Subway Sandwich Shop at Sky Pointe and Buffalo, where he worked, and he agreed to give a statement about Righetti.

Ortiz told police Righetti had called him for help about the slaying and Ortiz told police he didn't believe Righetti, but took Righetti to a 7-Eleven store on Durango to buy matches and said Righetti bought gasoline from an Albertsons Express across the street. Ortiz said Righetti then asked him to drive him to the vacant lot near Oso Blanca Road, according to the arrest report.

However, Ortiz told him he was ill and left the scene, the police report said.

Police said they arrested Righetti at his home at 7964 Willow Pines Place.

“Righetti confessed to following Otremba and attacking her to rob and rape her with a kitchen knife from his house,” the police report says. “Righetti also confessed to another robbery and rape being investigated by detectives.”

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  1. NOW he sheds tears. Too little too late. Kiss the outside world goodbye.

  2. The DA better go for the death penalty on this one and put in an express lane. If any case calls for the death penalty this is it.

    No waiting 20 years to get it done either. Stay on this one, get the appeals out of the way and get him done.

    Time to watch our DA's office folks. See how they follow through on this.

  3. If you read previous posts, this animal better hope for the death penalty, cause he will be wishing for death, once fellow inmates get through with him in prison.

  4. Yes, I too shed a tear, but not for this SOB, for his victim and her family. Yes! he needs, the Death Penalty. Hopefully, the victims family, will not have to wait 20 plus years for JUSTICE, like so many other victims and their families have to do.

  5. improveLV- I agree with you there. I think this POS deserves to die and not humanely, perhaps by the same means he put Alyssa through. However, I know, even if put to death, he will probably appeal, spend a significant time in prison, people will ask to spare him due to some childhood trauma. It sucks I know, but it almost always happens. I just pray that Alyssa's family somehow keeps the strength to go through what they may have to go through in court to see that this animal is put down. Regardless of all that is said and done, in the end our time here on Earth is short, and this POS will have to answer for his actions in the afterlife, and it will not be pretty.

  6. As much as I hate Casey Anthony for what she was accused of doing to her own daughter, this trumps that case 10 fold! I even posted this story on the I Hate Casey Anthony facebook page just so it would get national attention. Nancy Grace needs to get over Casey "Tot Mom" Anthony and focus on the obvious more heinous crimes committed by evil child molesters such as this monster! Somebody needs to put this case on Nancy Grace's show!

  7. This POS and the woman accused of killing her goddaughter with a green metal pipe earlier this month, Mariann Harris, don't deserve a trial or a humane way to die! Both should be tortured the same way they tortured their helpless victims!

  8. If Sheriff Doug Gillespie wants this to be the safest community in America then he better get to work. I wish him luck but I sincerely don't think he has the grapes, the power, the plan or any idea what such a plan would entail. He's gonna need to stand up if he wants to pull a "safe community" out of his a**.

    A community can only be as safe as the people that live in it and brother, has anyone looked at what we have living here? No one government agency can save us. We need to help them help us. This young man is most probably the result of fail parenting. Maybe we should prosecute his parents as well.

  9. i cant stand to look at this photo...

    i bet Alyssa was crying too just as he was about to do what he did to her. But he showed no mercy...

    So, I have nothing but HATE for this guy...even if he cries buckets and buckets of tears.


  10. I'd post something but the lynch mob here would just shout it down. Such poseurs with their empty threats and emptier prayers.

    Except for airweare, the lone voice of reason.

    "For moral duty entails, in substance, hostility towards those outside one's own group, not just hidden rancor and bitterness but open aggressiveness." -- Edward A. Shills, Introduction to Georges Sorel's "Reflections on Violence," 1969 edition

  11. "This guy is pure 100% evil, the devil at work here."

    TeamSG1 -- no, Righetti is apparently just another predator among us. Human society has always had them. And calling him "evil," etc., labels him with undeserved dignity and a supernatural force that doesn't exist.

    As for your bravado on what you would have done, think about it -- seems to have happened at dusk, recently, out in the open. Apparently the neighborhood and passersby weren't paying attention. Were you one of those? Nothing in your post suggests you were.

    All that matters is justice, and unfortunately it will never happen -- true justice for a child as horribly murdered as this little girl would come only from her family, replaced by a machine we all sanction.

    "Although the most clear-sighted judges of witches and even the witches themselves were convinced the witches were guilty of witchcraft, no guilt in fact existed. So it is with all guilt." -- Friedrich Nietzsche 1882 "Gay Science"

  12. Bchap,

    I enjoyed reading your post. I feel like he should be put to death, but reality is God say to not kill. However, I do believe that life in solitary confinement would be worse than death. I'm not talking about the general pop, but the SHU for life. I would rather have death than the SHU for life.

  13. "...reality is God say to not kill."

    anthonyjoevegas -- it's no reality at all except for the herd. In this context your god is irrelevant.

    "The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion." -- Arthur C. Clarke, 1999, from "God, Science, and Delusion: A Chat With Arthur C. Clarke" in Free Inquiry magazine

  14. I Seen this fool being led thru the county in the fishtanks for the courtroom. He had earmuffs over his ears and something over his eyes and they tried to disguise his identity. We all took a long look at him and every one in there was wondering why he was surrounded by "SERT" he's lucky because if anyone could have gotten their hands on him he would have been done sandwich right there. some people who go to prison for years and years have families and some of them never come back to see them so he's done already he just doesn't know it..