Norman Belcher appealed his conviction and capital sentence, alleging several errors by the district court. The Court agreed with Belcher on two challenged errors: that the district court should have suppressed statements Belcher made to police because he was in custody at the time and had not been advised of his Miranda rights, and that one of Belcher’s robbery convictions was not supported by sufficient evidence. The Court reversed the robbery conviction and ultimately concluded that the district court’s failure to suppress his statements to the police was harmless error. The Court established factors to consider in determining whether to review an error’s harmlessness when the State has not argued harmlessness. The Court affirmed Belcher’s conviction because no other error warranted relief.
DiFederico, Maggie, "Belcher v. State, 136 Nev. Adv. Op. 31 (June 4, 2020)" (2020). Nevada Supreme Court Summaries. 1308.