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Suspects accused in police officer's murder may go to trial in 2015

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Suspects accused in police officer's murder may go to trial in 2015

By Denise Wong. CREATED Jul 31, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Nearly five years after off-duty Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Trevor Nettleton was gunned down in his garage, his accused murderers are still awaiting trial, which keeps getting pushed back.

The late officer's father is wondering if justice will ever be served. 

"The judge originally set trial dates and she again continues them," Richard Nettleton told Action News over the phone from his home in Washington. "And it's time to put this to an end and get some closure." 

Trevor Nettleton was a 30-year-old father when he was killed in November 2009 during an attempted robbery at his home. Two of the suspects accused in the crime, Saul Williams and Prentice Marshall, are still awaiting trial. If convicted, they could be sentenced to death.  

Marshall, who was arrested when he was 18-years-old and is now 23, was scheduled to go on trial in November. But that's been delayed again. Now, he's scheduled for trial in June 2015. 

"It's like a joke to these people," said Richard Nettleton. "Like they don't care if it ends or not. They don't, but we do as a family." 

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he's also frustrated, "We want these cases to go to trial."

As for this case, "There's been a lot of litigation. A lot of pretrial motions. Literally, scores of motions."  

But he said his team is ready and will be again when it's time to go to trial, "We don't control the court's calendar. The judge does."

Since judges cannot comment on pending cases, Judge Jessie Walsh couldn't speak with Action News. But Court Information Officer Mary Ann Price did. She said death penalty trials do take longer to get started.  

"These are complex cases. If you don't do it right, you risk a mistrial. You risk a case being overturned," said Price.   

Joseph Abood, who's the public defender for Saul Williams, agrees with Price. He said that capital murder cases require a lot of time and expense. It is imperative that all the research is thorough. Abood also said the court agreed that his client won't go to trial until Prentice Marshall does. That means Williams' trial is on hold indefinitely. 

But Officer Nettleton's father believes his family has waited long enough, and he just wants to see his son's accused killers on trial. 

"I would live with whatever decision is made. Just get it over and done with," said Nettleton.