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November 22, 2014

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Court upholds conviction of man who ran over wife

The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the petition of Albert Cota, convicted of running over his 78-year-old wife twice at a Las Vegas car wash and then speeding away.

Cota maintained his attorney was ineffective at trial and in launching the first appeal to the court. He suggested there were more than 20 times his lawyer did not measure up to the standards of a defense counsel.

Hiroko Cota was struck once by a car exiting the Sparkle Car Wash, 3935 S. Buffalo Drive, on Oct. 2, 2004. The car then backed over her body and sped away. Her husband was 54 years old at the time of the death.

The court said Friday there was substantial evidence produced at trial to merit the first-degree murder conviction. Cota received consecutive 20-year to life terms.

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