Man accused of murdering Las Vegas musician refuses to show up to court

The man police say is at the center of the high-profile murder of a well-known local musician refused to show up to court Friday. Jorge Vasquez Rivero’s initial hearing has been pushed back, but not before Judge Ann Zimmerman ordered he be in her courtroom on Feb. 24.

Today would have been the first time Vasquez Rivero faced a judge for the charges, but one of the corrections officers tasked with transporting him to the courtroom reported that he refused to leave the jail for his initial appearance.

Vasquez Rivero is facing murder charges in the death of 70-year-old Mary Trimble. Police say Trimble was violently attacked while sleeping in her home last summer. Investigators say she was tied up and gagged to death.

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DNA evidence found on the zip ties is what investigators say lead them to identify Vasquez Rivero as the suspect.

Vasquez Rivero is connected to Trimble through her former housekeeper, who he has children with. He was already locked up on unrelated federal charges when investigators named him in the violent murder.

Vasquez Rivero’s next court date is scheduled in exactly a week, Feb. 24, this time under an order to show up.

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