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Murder case against boy dismissed


A 13-year-old charged with murder in North Las Vegas has had his case dismissed by a justice of the peace.

Teenager Jose Escamilla was one of three defendants charged with murder in the slaying of Manuel Mora, who was shot to death in North Las Vegas earlier this year. Authorities said Mora was shot after a confrontation with a group of young men near McCarran Street.

During a preliminary hearing in the courtroom of Justice of the Peace Stephen Dahl last week, Dahl ordered Escamilla’s two co-defendants, Abraham Madrid and Victor Valencia, to stand trial in the case.

But Escamilla’s defense attorney, James Dean Leavitt, said although Escamilla was in a van used in the crime, authorities could not specifically link Escamilla to a conspiracy to commit the murder, prompting Dahl to dismiss the charges against Escamilla.