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Strip shooting suspect Harris assigned public defender

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Updated: 4/17/2013 12:31 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – Ammar Harris, the suspect in a shooting on the Strip that led to three deaths, appeared in court this morning.

Harris said he could not afford representation and was assigned a public defender by Judge Deborah Lippis at the Regional Justice Center.

Police say on Feb. 21, Harris opened fire near Las Vegas Boulevard South and Flamingo at a Maserati driven by Kenny Cherry Jr. That set off a chain reaction crash that killed Cherry, cab driver Michael Bolden and his passenger, Sandi Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash., near Seattle.

Harris was captured in suburban Los Angeles a week later and had fought extradition back to Nevada.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the extradition papers this month. Metro brought him back to Las Vegas on Tuesday morning.

Tehran Bolden, the brother of the slain cab driver, was in attendance and broke down in the courtroom today. He said that he couldn't handle being so close to Harris.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson says the office is still deciding whether to pursue the death penalty.

Harris is scheduled to return to court April 29.
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