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Reno man to stand trial in car-chase shooting

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
1/31/2012

A Plumas County judge ruled there is enough evidence for a Reno man to stand trial on eight felony charges, including murder.

Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed is expected to have a jury trial this summer in the shooting death of Rory McGuire, of Susanville.

Wallin-Reed, 36, is accused of killing McGuire and wounding two other men with an assault rifle following a July 2, 2011, car chase near Antelope Lake.

McGuire died two days after being shot in the head. The two wounded men, who were among five passengers in McGuire’s car, survived.

At a Jan. 19 preliminary examination, Plumas County Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman set a Feb. 10 arraignment date for Wallin-Reed.

Kaufman rejected a defense request to reduce Wallin-Reed’s bail to $100,000. The defendant was returned to the Plumas County Jail where he is being held on $1 million bail.

“This is a very serious and important case on many levels,” Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister said. “We look forward to trying the case in the courtroom and ensuring justice is served.”

The Jan. 19 hearing lasted nearly three hours and included testimony from Plumas County sheriff’s deputies and detectives.

After hearing the evidence, Kaufman issued an order binding Wallin-Reed over for trial on charges of murder, shooting at an inhabited vehicle, five counts of assault with a firearm and possession of an assault weapon.

Wallin-Reed, who reportedly admitted to the shooting when he made a 911 call, was arrested July 3, 2011. He was charged with murder after McGuire, who was 20, died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno July 4.

Wallin-Reed is accused of firing several rounds from an AR-15 assault rifle at a car driven by McGuire during a late-night chase that began at Wallin-Reed’s residence along the Janesville Grade.

During the 911 call, Wallin-Reed told dispatchers he chased the fleeing car after the occupants stole solar lights from his property.

About seven miles from where the chase began, McGuire was shot in the head and hand.

Reno attorneys Richard Young and John Ohlson represented Wallin-Reed.

 


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