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Elko Defense Attorney Thinks Mistrial Unneeded After Proceedings Streamed

A defense lawyer says he doesn't think a mistrial is needed after live proceedings of an Elko murder trial were mistakenly posted online from the county commission chambers.

Eduardo Estrada-Puentes' attorney Sherburne Macfarlan said Thursday that court proceedings are public anyway.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports that Macfarlan made his comments with the jury outside the room after District Attorney Tyler Ingram told Elko District Court Judge Al Kacin the trial had been automatically streamed Wednesday afternoon when the Elko County Commission usually meets.

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Estrada-Puentes has pleaded not guilty trial in the 2011 death of his estranged wife, Stephanie Gonzalez.

His trial was moved to the commission chambers due to public interest and the number of jurors needed for the case.