Bicyclist’s Murder Case: Teenagers Plead Not Guilty and Face Multiple Charges
Posted on: October 12, 2023, 11:02h.
Last updated on: October 12, 2023, 11:02h.
Two teenage suspects have pleaded not guilty to murder and a series of other charges related to the death of a bicyclist in Las Vegas. The incident occurred in August and shocked the community.
The suspects, Jesus Ayala and Jzamir Keys, appeared in court and entered their pleas before Judge Tierra Jones of the Clark County District Court.
According to authorities, the car driven by Ayala intentionally struck the bicyclist near the intersection of Tenaya Way and Centennial Parkway on August 14.
The victim, identified as Andreas “Andy” Probst, was a retired police chief from Bell, Calif., and sadly succumbed to his injuries.
Legal Proceedings and Publicity
During the court hearing, David Westbrook, Ayala’s attorney, expressed concern about the District Attorney, Steve Wolfson, discussing the case in the media. Westbrook argued that this could impact his client’s right to a fair trial.
“I feel like this case is coming dangerously close to being a case the DA is trying in the media. I think it should be tried in the courtroom.”
Wolfson responded to Westbrook’s concerns, stating that the case should be presented to a jury in a fair trial.
Murder Details Revealed
Police revealed that the impact of the car collision threw Probst backward, causing him to hit the car’s hood and windshield before landing on the pavement.
Despite being rushed to the University Medical Center, Probst tragically passed away.
In a shocking twist, the suspects recorded the incident, and the video quickly went viral. The footage captured the suspects laughing about the fatality. Prior to the collision, one of the suspects can be heard yelling, “Yeah, yeah, yeah hit his ass.”
Additional Charges and Community Reaction
The murder case is just part of a larger crime spree allegedly committed by Ayala and Keys. The two are accused of stealing several cars and were involved in another incident where a 72-year-old man on a bicycle narrowly escaped serious injury when a car struck him.
In addition to murder charges, the teenagers are also facing charges of residential burglary, battery, attempted murder, automobile grand larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of burglary tools.
If convicted of murder, the maximum sentence the suspects could receive is 20 years to life in prison due to their age at the time of the incident.
Furthermore, the community has expressed outrage on social media platforms. One commenter on Casino.org condemned the suspects, emphasizing the importance of keeping them behind bars for public safety.