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Defense In Las Vegas Mom Killing Wants Gunshot Residue Test

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for a 19-year-old accused of killing a neighborhood mother in a spray of gunfire want a judge to let them check the dead woman's body for gunshot residue.

Erich Milton Nowsch Jr. stood shackled in court Thursday while lawyers Augustus Claus and Conrad Claus told a judge they want police, dispatch and coroner records ahead of a scheduled March 10 hearing.

The lawyers also asked for an order for a coroner's office to allow a test on Tammy Meyers' body to determine if she or someone next to her fired a gun before she died.

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Nowsch is jailed without bail on murder, attempted murder and weapon charges.

The 44-year-old Meyers was wounded in the head Feb. 12 and died two days later. Nowsch was arrested Feb. 19.

Many questions remain after conflicting accounts from authorities and Meyers' family about what initially was characterized as a road rage attack.
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