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Victim's family reacts to Metro's release of known killer

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 6/26 10:13 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- News 3 has reported what Metro has to say about the release of known killer Raul Gonzales.

At the urging of Metro detectives, Gonzales was released from prison in December and is now charged with murdering a local man less than three weeks after his release.

The attorney for the victim's family responds to Metro's position.

Metro on Monday said Gonzales was not working as an informant, nor were they responsible for his release.

That interview was shown to the attorney of the victim's family who's convinced something is being covered up.

“He was released because of Metro's actions and you're saying he was not working as an informant? When someone is released, not everyone who's released is an informant,” said Attorney Casey Landis who watched the News 3 interview with Metro deputy Chief Al Salinas concerning the release of Raul Gonzales.

Landis represents the family of Eric Montoya who authorities say was killed by Gonzales after a judge let him out of prison.

"Metro is the but-for case, but for the things they did, this would not have happened," Landis said.

Landis points to a document of the request by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to Judge David Barker.

In the document, five metro detectives are asking for Gonzales to be released. However, Metro sheds responsibility saying they were working under a federal task force and they didn't even draft the document. In fact, it was the deputy district attorney.

"It comes off more concerning to me because I think he's almost saying they had no role in the drafting of that document and it can go to the level of where they are almost implying that the DA grabbed these names and used them without the direct authorization of these detectives," Landis said.

There was at least one other statement that really bothered Landis and is one he feels is an admission.

"I can't sit here and tell you that something wasn't done correctly," Salinas said in the interview.

Landis believes his client, and for that matter, the public deserves an answer.

“Well, OK, that means something wasn't done right, it's just a question of what. and it's the 'what' that is troubling they're so reluctant to reveal," Landis said.

Landis says there were some contradictions in that interview Metro admitted Gonzales was being vetted as an informant but they also say he would have never been considered as an informant under Metro's own policy.

Still there is a lot of confusion in this case and News 3 will continue to follow developments.

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