LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer for a former Nevada state prison guard trainee accused in the shotgun killing of an inmate says he’s talking with the state attorney general’s office about resolving involuntary manslaughter and reckless disregard charges before prosecutors present evidence.

Defense attorney Joshua Tomsheck asked Tuesday for time to work out a plea deal for Raynaldo John Ruiz Ramos.

A Las Vegas judge set a new court date Aug. 30. Ramos remains free without bail.

The development comes days after a new federal civil rights lawsuit was filed on behalf of another Nevada state prison inmate who says he was blinded by shotgun pellets fired by a guard in April 2015.

The two cases point to a use-of-shotguns policy that was changed in May by the new Nevada state prisons chief.

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