Man charged with killing officer makes court appearance |

Man charged with killing officer makes court appearance

RENO, Nev. (AP) – The man accused of gunning down a Reno police officer last week made his initial appearance Monday, showing no emotion when he learned prosecutors likely would seek the death penalty.

Larry James Peck appeared before Justice of the Peace Harold G. Albright via video from the Washoe County Jail, where he is being held. The hearing took less time than was needed to retrieve Peck from his cell.

The judge checked to make sure Peck’s name was correct and that he understood what he was charged with. Peck answered quietly ”Yes, sir” to the questions.

District Attorney Dick Gammick was in the courtroom and told the judge that it was a potential death penalty case and his office was ”proceeding accordingly.”

Peck, 50, is charged with killing Officer John Bohach with a high-powered rifle at Peck’s home Wednesday. He will return to court Sept. 11 to enter a plea to charges of murder and resisting and obstructing a public officer with a dangerous weapon.

A public memorial service for the 35-year-old Bohach is set for noon Tuesday at Lawlor Events Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

During the hearing, Peck told the judge his family had retained Reno attorney David Houston, but Houston was not in the courtroom and did not immediately return a telephone call to his office.

The judge appointed the public defender’s office to represent Peck until it was determined whether he had a private attorney.

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