Jury to see interview video of suspect in stabbing at Lake Tahoe casino
Jurors in a murder trial will get to hear the defendant expressing remorse over killing a man in a Stateline hotel room in October 2017.
Defense attorneys have said that Jose Rodriguez-Quezada, 45, was in the hotel room where Kevin Leroy Edwards was killed, saying the stabbing was self defense.
On Monday, the court reviewed a segment of a video that showed Rodriguez-Quezada talking with Douglas County Investigator Nadine Chrzanowski on Nov. 22, 2017.
While the video’s audio is sometimes garbled, District Judge Tod Young said he could hear Rodriguez-Quezada say “I didn’t want to kill nobody.”
Young questioned Rodriguez-Quezada closely as to whether he wanted the jury to hear the statement.
Reno defense attorney Theresa Ristenpart said it’s a strategic decision to allow the jury to hear the statement.
She did object to video that showed Rodriguez-Quezada in handcuffs during the interview.
Prosecutor Ric Casper agreed to redact the first 90 seconds of the hour-long videotaped interview.
The defense is arguing that Rodriguez-Quezada killed Edwards in self-defense and that Edwards produced the knife.
DNA evidence confirms that Rodriguez-Quezada was in the hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe where Edwards’ body was found in a chair on Oct. 3, 2017.
The trial is expected to resume on Wednesday after a break for the district court’s law and motion calendar on Tuesday.