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Wayne Burgarello, Accused Of Killing Intruder, Faces $2 Million Bail



SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Bail was set at $2 million Thursday for a 73-year-old former school teacher charged with murder in the shooting of two unarmed trespassers that is bringing attention to Nevada's "stand your ground" law.

Wayne Burgarello, who cried out at his bail hearing in pain he blamed on inadequate medical care at the county jail, insists he was acting in self-defense in February when he killed a 34-year-old man and seriously wounded a woman he found in a vacant house he owns in Sparks.

Bugarello shot Cody Devine, 34, five times, once in the head, after Burgarello said Devine had raised his arm at him in a threatening manner, police said.

Washoe County prosecutor Bruce Hahn said in Sparks Justice Court on Thursday the evidence will show Devine's "wound track belies his claim of self-defense."

"No other weapons were found," he said.

Sparks Justice of the Peace Chris Wilson said the seriousness of the charges and concern about the safety of the community outweighed any presumption of innocence at a bail hearing. He also cited the seven long-barreled guns, five hand guns and nearly a dozen knives police said they found in a safe at Burgarello's home, along with a pair of brass knuckles, which are illegal to possess in Nevada.

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