Las Vegas Sun

July 4, 2015

Currently: 96° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Attorney hints at insanity defense for suspect in double-homicide


Leila Navidi

David Settle appears in Las Vegas Justice Court for a hearing at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 3, 2013.

David Settle Hearing

David Settle appears in Las Vegas Justice Court for a hearing at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 3, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Defense attorneys requested more time to review the case of David Settle, the man accused of bludgeoning to death two people at a group home, before a preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled.

Settle, 68, waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 15 days during his appearance Thursday morning in Las Vegas Justice Court. Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz scheduled a status check Jan. 17, giving public defenders two more weeks to collect evidence.

Public defender Scott Coffee said he had not seen all of the evidence related to the case, but from what he knows, he might request a medical examination of Settle.

"The facts of the case make it obvious there may be some mental-health issues," Coffee said after the brief hearing.

Settle has been charged with two counts of murder with use of a deadly weapon, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. The counts relate to the deaths of Henry Namett, 82, and Elenita Ablao, 59, who were found dead Sunday in the group home.

Officers arrived to the residence, 3709 W. Washington Ave., to find Settle wearing only a diaper in a room with one of the victims.

Settle told police he used a hammer to kill Namett, a resident, and Ablao, a caretaker, according to the arrest report. He then walked to nearby convenience stores to buy a bottle of wine and cigars before returning to the home, where he tried unsuccessfully to kill himself.

Settle offered police no explanation why he killed the resident and caretaker, but said he liked both people, the arrest report states.

Police transported Settle to the Clark County Detention Center, where he remains without bond.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: comment so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

No trusted comments have been posted.