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Trial set for suspect in 2009 slaying of Metro Police officer

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Defendants (from right) Prentice Marshall, 18; Adrian Pena, 17; Saul Williams Jr., 20; Emmitt Ferguson, 18; Michael Ferguson, 25; and Quadrae Scott, 18, appear for arraignment before Justice of the Peace Stephen J. Dahl on Dec. 2, 2009. They are facing charges in connection with the slaying of Metro Police Officer Trevor Nettleton, who was fatally shot in his garage Nov. 19 during what police have called an attempted robbery.

Suspects arraigned in death of Officer Trevor Nettleton

Defendants (from right) Prentice Marshall, 18; Adrian Pena, 17; Saul Williams Jr., 20; Emmitt Ferguson, 18; Michael Ferguson, 25; and Quadrae Scott, 18, appear for arraignment before Justice of the Peace Stephen J. Dahl on Dec. 2, 2009. They are facing charges in connection with the slaying of Metro Police Officer Trevor Nettleton, who was fatally shot in his garage Nov. 19 during what police have called an attempted robbery. Launch slideshow »

Metro Officer Trevor Nettleton

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The trial of a man accused of gunning down a Metro Police officer during a botched robbery at the officer’s home in North Las Vegas has been set for Nov. 10, nine days short of the fifth anniversary of the shooting.

The suspect, Prentice Marshall, was identified by Metro Police as one of six Wood gang members involved in the Nov. 19, 2009, slaying of Trevor Nettleton, a three-year Metro veteran.

Nettleton, who was not in uniform, arrived home from work shortly before midnight when he was confronted and shot in his garage in the 1100 block of Emerald Stone Avenue, near Lone Mountain Road and Donna Street. Police said it was one of two robberies gang members planned and attempted to carry out.

According to police, Nettleton returned fire before he was killed, striking Marshall once in the groin.

Marshall, 18 at the time, was arrested the day of the shooting at University Medical Center.

He was charged in Nettleton’s death as well as with the armed robbery of an 18-year-old North Las Vegas man that took place shortly before the shootout.

Police subsequently linked five other gang members to the officer’s death and the armed robbery. Each defendant’s case has been handled separately in Clark County District Court.

The state is seeking the death penalty for Marshall, 23, and Saul Williams, 25, whose trial is set for Sept. 22.

Two other men — Adrian Pena, 23, and Quadrae Scott, 23 — have since pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Another two defendants, brothers Michael and Emmitt Ferguson, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of accessory to murder.

At a brief hearing today, prosecutor Pamerla Weckerly said Marshall’s case has been delayed an unusually long time, mostly due to motions filed by the defense. Among them are motions to prevent the state from admitting autopsy, crime scene and other photographs into evidence, according to court records.

At today’s hearing, Marshall was flanked by two officers as he was led into the courtroom wearing orange hand mitts and chains on his wrists and ankles.​ Court marshals said he had “acted out” before in the courtroom.

Marshall’s attorney, Chris Oram, declined to talk about the case.

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