Stateline man charged with attempted murder |

Stateline man charged with attempted murder

Michael Schneider

Charges of attempted murder have been filed by the Douglas County District Attorney against a Stateline man accused choking and beating his girlfriend Saturday night.

Gary Michael Neelon had his request for a bail reduction denied at a hearing Wednesday by Tahoe Township Judge Steven McMorris.

He remains in the Douglas County Lake Jail in lieu of $105,000 bail. Should he try to bail, jail deputies have instructions to notify the judge.

According to reports, Neelon, 43, forced his way into the victim’s residence by breaking a window with a hammer.

Dispatchers said the victim was on the phone with them before Neelon entered the residence. After Neelon gained entry though the broken window or a damaged door, dispatchers said they heard a struggle over the phone line.

Deputies arrived minutes later and soon thereafter located Neelon trying to flee from under a nearby home. Sheriff’s deputies said the victim told them Neelon tried to choke her to death.

In filing the charge of attempted murder, the DA described the defendant’s actions as forcefully attacking and choking the victim about the neck. The victim suffered injuries to her head and neck requiring medical transport.

Carson Valley attorney Mark Jackson was appointed by the court to defend Neelon, who has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 2.

At the preliminary hearing, McMorris will be presented with evidence and testimony from both the prosecution and defense. McMorris will decide if there is reason to believe the crime of attempted murder has been committed, and, if there is reason to believe it was committed by the defendant.

Should McMorris find there is not sufficient evidence to support the charge, it will be dropped. If McMorris finds sufficient evidence to the contrary, Neelon’s case will be bound over to District Court in Minden.

Neelon is also charged with domestic battery, a misdemeanor in Nevada.

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