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Jury to see interview video of suspect in stabbing at Lake Tahoe casino

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.

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.

Rodriguez-Quezada, a previously deported felon, is in the U.S. illegally. He was arrested in November 2017 in Reno and was indicted by the Douglas County Grand Jury on Jan. 10, 2018.

The trial is expected to resume on Wednesday after a break for the district court’s law and motion calendar on Tuesday.