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Court upholds conviction of retired FBI agent in hammer slaying

Edward Preciado-Nuno

Edward Preciado-Nuno looks over paperwork during a break in his murder trial at the Regional Justice Center Thursday, December 16, 2010. Preciado-Nuno, a retired FBI special agent, is accused of killing his son's girlfriend Kimberly Long. Preciado-Nuno says he was attacked by the girlfriend and killed her in self-defense. Launch slideshow »

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a retired FBI agent in the 2008 hammer slaying of his son’s girlfriend in Las Vegas.

The court said today there were two errors during the trial of Edward Preciado-Nuno, who was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in 2011. But the errors did not merit overturning the jury’s verdict, the court ruled.

The Supreme Court’s three-judge panel found that the trial court erred in failing to preserve a record of bench conferences and in denying a defense challenge to the seating of a juror.

Preciado-Nuno was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 4 to 10 years in the slaying of Kimberly Long, who was struck in the head 13 times. Preciado-Nuno maintained the woman came at him with a hammer and he was defending himself.

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