Nevada man accused in crime spree

Charging documents filed in a violent northern Nevada crime spree accuse a 25-year-old man of killing an elderly couple in their home ahead of Mother’s Day, then slaying a newspaper deliveryman and another couple days later.

Jeremiah Bean was arraigned Thursday on 19 counts, including first-degree murder, arson, and burglary. He faces a pretrial hearing Tuesday.

The victims were found Monday in and near the town of Fernley. The timeline from court papers depicts a killer whose first two attacks came May 10 and went undetected, giving him the opportunity to slay three more people.


Prosecutors say Bean entered the home of Robert and Dorothy Pape on Friday, fatally shooting them. He took hundreds of dollars in jewels from the 84-year-olds, charges say.

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Three days later, authorities say, Bean took the Papes’ pickup truck to an exit along Interstate 80.

The pickup became disabled, either broken down or stuck, and Bean killed a passer-by, stole his truck, and left his body in a ditch, according to the Lyon County Sheriff.

The victim, Eliazar Graham, was a 52-year-old newspaper deliveryman from Sparks, officials said.

Bean also broke into the home of Angie Duff, 67, where he fatally attacked her and her boyfriend, Lester Leiber, 69, court documents said. Duff’s home is around the corner from the Papes’ home.

Associated Press