FERNLEY, Nev. — The five brutal murders that Jeremiah Diaz Bean is accused of committing over Mother’s Day weekend have left residents of the small Northern Nevada town of Fernley shocked and disturbed that one of their residents could commit such atrocities.
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In a possible drug-fueled murder spree, Bean stands accused of murdering two elderly couples in Fernley and a man who crossed paths with Bean on a Nevada highway.
Bean, 25, already had a felony record related to burglary and attempted grand larceny and had finished his parole in late 2012.
He has also acknowledged that he has gang ties.
The convicted felon was staying in a home located just two houses away from the home of Robert Pape and Dorothy Pape, both 84, who were found dead in their home on May 10.
After the Pape’s were murdered, their home was set on fire in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence, and Bean allegedly stole the Pape’s car.
It is believed that the vehicle either broke down or became stuck near the exit to the famed Mustang Brothel in Reno.
That’s where the third victim encountered Bean.
Eliazar Graham, 52, a deliveryman from Sparks was killed and left in a ditch off I-80.
After murdering Graham, Bean took off in Graham’s delivery truck.
He then returned to Fernley and murdered Angie Duff, 67, and Lester Leiber, 69, who were found dead in Duff’s home, which was located approximately a half block away from the Pape’s home.
All five victims were shot.
Bean was arrested on May 15, after he was found hiding in a neighbor’s garage and was in possession of items taken from Pape’s home.
Bean has appeared in court a number of times since his arrest.
He had pleaded not guilty to all charges against him and been ruled competent to stand trial.
According to the Lyon County District Attorney Robert Auer, Bean is facing 19 felony counts and the state is seeking the death penalty.
Bean’s trial is scheduled to start on June 4, 2014.