Alyssa Williams

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Martinez Guzman was indicted by a grand jury for five burglaries and four murders occurring in two counties. In Martinez Guzman I, the Nevada Supreme Court vacated an order denying dismissal for improper jurisdiction and remanded for reconsideration. There, the court held that territorial jurisdiction depends on whether the necessary statutory connections to the location of the court exist. Here, the court again granted a writ of mandamus for Martinez Guzman. Because the court concluded the nexus between acts committed in one county were not sufficiently connected to offenses occurring in another, it considered the district court’s venue determination to be a manifest abuse of discretion. The Nevada Supreme Court thus ordered that the alleged Douglas County crimes charged in Washoe County must be dismissed.