Four suspects in death of ex-Tahoe man in court today
Four men charged with the murder of a former South Lake Tahoe resident will appear in a Reno courtroom today after a grand jury indicted the men Dec. 14.
Brian Snapp, Eduardo Camacho, Alex Marquez and Carlos Ruiz have been charged with murder, attempted robbery, and battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm in the November death of 25-year-old Paul Lowe.
If convicted, they face life in prison. The four defendants are being held at Washoe County Jail at no bail.
Born in the Bay Area, Lowe lived in South Lake Tahoe for 19 years before moving to Reno.
Lowe’s mother, Linda Coursey, said she plans to attend the court proceeding with other family members.
“I want to see the people who killed my son,” she said.
Washoe County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karl Hall said he went to the grand jury for an indictment because of the efficiency of the process and the number of suspects.
“I thought it was a good format to present the case,” he said.
The four are scheduled to be arraigned – where they enter a plea and a trial date is set – today at 8:30 a.m. at the Second Judicial District Court in Washoe County.
Lowe arrived at an apartment he shared with others at 6200 Neil Road on Nov. 8. Snapp, a former roommate, was previously removed from the apartment when he tried to crash a party. He returned with Camacho and Marquez, authorities said.
The three forced their way into the apartment, authorities said. A fight ensued and during the struggle Lowe was stabbed and killed. The three were arrested shortly after the incident.
Ruiz is alleged to be a driver in the incident and has been charged with conspiracy along with the other felonies, Hall said.
The prosecution believes Snapp had two motives for entering the apartment: to seek retribution for being told to leave and to rob the apartment’s occupants.
Coursey said she wants the maximum sentence given to the four.
“I just want them to be punished really bad,” she said. “I did not raise my son for 25 years for someone to kill him. I feel that way about all four of them.”
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