Suspect in Mary Trimble murder appears in court after multiple failures to show up

The suspect in the death of a local musician appeared in court Friday after multiple failed attempts to show up in front of the judge.

Jorge Vasquez Rivero, 33, is accused of the murder of 70-year-old musician Mary Trimble.

Rivero was present in court for his initial appearance with a translator since he does not speak English.

RELATED LINK | Man accused of killing beloved musician refuses to leave his jail cell, again

Judicial Officer Ann Zimmerman presented the charges to Rivero, asking why he did not show up for court four times.

Rivero says the assistant to his attorney said he didn't have to go.

RELATED LINK | EXCLUSIVE | Major break in murder case of beloved Las Vegas musician

The judge asked if Rivero's federal case in Pahrump regarding an immigration violation was finished and he said it was.

Police say Rivero stuffed a torn t-shirt into her mouth as she was sleeping and another piece of clothing was pulled around her head so she couldn't call for help.

According to officers, Rivero was living with Trimble's housekeeper and knew he could get into her home because she left the sliding back door open on cleaning day.

RELATED LINK | Slain local musician: 'Just play music, and all your worries will go away'

Rivero is being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.

He is set to return to court for a preliminary hearing on March 24.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off