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United States v. Woods

United States District Court, D. Nevada, Reno

March 15, 2018

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
CONNOR TIMOTHY WOODS and MICHAEL MILLER, Defendants.

          PRESENT: THE HONORABLE HOWARD D. McKIBBEN, SENIOR U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE

          MINUTES OF COURT

         At 8:27 a.m., the Court convenes.

         Co-Defendant Connor Timothy Woods (In Custody with legs-only restraints) is present Ms. Wigren dressed in street clothes attire.

         Co-Defendant Michael Miller (In Custody with legs-only restraints) is present with Ms. Ristenpart dressed in street clothes attire.

         Ms. Rachow and Mr. Keller are present with Benjamin Rhodes, Detective, Robbery and Homicide Unit, Reno Police Department. Also, present is Michelle Lewis, Litigation Support Specialist.

         As to Defendant Miller, the Court addresses the U.S. Marshal Service Prisoner Restraint Request for legs-only restraints. Ms. Ristenpart recites objection.

         As to Defendant Woods, the Court addresses the U.S. Marshal Service Prisoner Restraint Request for legs-only restraints. Ms. Wigren recites objection.

         The Court recites statements. IT IS ORDERED, both Defendants legs-only shackles shall be removed for purposes of the trial proceeding. IT IS SO ORDERED.

         Counsel stipulate to the Court's sidebar procedure.

         The Court recites further findings with respect to the parties' outstanding motions in limine.

         IT IS ORDERED, Defendant Woods' Motion in Limine Re: E-Z Pawn business card (set forth in ECF No. 88) is DENIED.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, Defendant Woods' Motion in Limine Re: the van taken from Portland, Oregon (set forth in ECF No. 88) is DENIED.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, Defendant Miller's Motion to Sever (ECF No. 90) is DENIED.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, Defendant Woods' Motion for Joinder (ECF No. 118) and Defendant Miller's Motion for Joinder (ECF No. 117) are GRANTED.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, Defendant Woods' Second Motion in Limine Re: testimony of Gary Fiorante and a stolen gun (set forth in ECF No. 102) is DENIED, however, the word “stolen” shall not be used when addressing the issue.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, Defendant Woods' Second Motion in Limine Re: Defendant Woods' confession vs. statement (set forth in ECF No. 102) is GRANTED and Witness Rhodes shall be precluded from referencing the word “confession.”

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, Defendant Woods' Motion in Limine Re: Defendant Woods' statements (set forth in ECF No. 88) is DENIED, except with respect to anything that was said after the question and response between Rhodes and Woods at Page 9, Line 11 of the Audio File Transcription of recorded interview of Connor T. Woods (as set forth in the Government's Response to Defendant's Motion in Limine (ECF No. 96-1, Page 3 of 5)).

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, the Government's Motion in Limine to Preclude Reference to Witness's Prior Conviction (ECF No. 115) is GRANTED.

         The Court advises counsel regarding jury procedures. Counsel stipulate to the procedure for Batson challenges ...


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