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Trial in Stateline hotel murder delayed

Kurt Hildebrand
khildebrand@recordcourier.com

A photo distributed by authorities when they first identified Jose Rodriguez-Quezada as a person of interest in the slaying just before Halloween.

The trial of a homeless man in connection with a stabbing murder in a Stateline hotel room has been delayed until Nov. 26.

Jose Rodriguez-Quezada is accused of killing a Reno man and taking his vehicle.

Rodriguez-Quezada was indicted by the Douglas County grand jury in the killing of 56-year-old Kevin Leroy Edwards. Edwards' battered body was found in a room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

According to a transcript of testimony before the grand jury, Edwards had been stabbed or slashed 30 times when his body was found seated in a hotel room chair by cleaning staff.

Deputies at the scene reported blood on the walls and furniture in disarray after what appeared to be a violent struggle.

Edwards' BMW was missing from the hotel and was the subject of a regional search. It was found three days later in Wadsworth.

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Rodriguez-Quezada was arrested Nov. 20 near the ranch operated by the University of Nevada, Reno, on East McCarran Boulevard after police discovered he had a concealed weapon.

Rodriguez-Quezada, a previously deported felon, is in the U.S. illegally.