LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 19-year-old may face the death penalty in the kidnapping, rape, stabbing and burning of a high school sophomore whose body was discovered over the weekend in a vacant lot not far from her northwest Las Vegas home.
Prosecutor Christopher Lalli said Thursday that a Clark County district attorney panel will consider whether to seek capital punishment against Javier Righetti in the slaying of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba.
Righetti made an initial appearance before a Las Vegas judge who set an Oct. 14 evidence hearing.
Righetti’s lawyer, Tim O’Brien, says Righetti is on suicide watch at the Clark County jail. He’s being held without bail.
Otremba was a student at Arbor View High School.
Her mother reported her missing Friday evening after Otremba text-messaged that she was walking home.
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