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Attorneys say Harris' ID hearing long shot to succeed

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 3/07/2013 3:42 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – Murder suspect Ammar Harris sits in a Los Angeles jail cell, hoping Las Vegas detectives can't place him as the man wanted for the deadly Strip shooting and crash.

Harris' identification hearing is set for March 14.

A defense attorney and Clark County's former District Attorney says fighting extradition isn't very common, and Harris' success is a real long shot.

Harris' attorney is forcing Metro to prove he's the man they're looking for in connection to the deadly shooting and crash that killed three on Feb. 21.

Defense attorney Garrett Ogata says prosecutors could provide a glimpse of their case during the hearing.

“That evidence could be the Aria video of the valet area showing Ammar Harris is getting in to the black Range Rover SUV,” he said. “It could be other video if there's other video from other taxi cabs that may have seen the actual event.”

It will be up to the judge to determine if prosecutors have the proof to send Harris back to Las Vegas.

Former district attorney David Roger says this is just a stalling tactic that's rarely used. Current DA Steve Wolfson agrees.

“It's not that uncommon for a person who is looking for multiple murder charges to play this game and to try and delay the proceedings,” Wolfson said.

Ogata says that from what he's read and seen about the case, Harris' chances of winning this identification hearing are slim to none.

“It sounds like they’re going to have enough evidence, especially with the severity of the charges,” Ogata said. “They're going to have enough competent evidence to say that is Ammar Harris and that is the person who got in to the SUV.”

Besides video and photographs, prosecutors could use fingerprints and eyewitness accounts to prove Harris is the man wanted for the shooting.
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