Testimony centers around gun reportedly used in Nevada County murder case | TheUnion.com

Testimony centers around gun reportedly used in Nevada County murder case

On Thursday, the prosecution wrapped up its first week of testimony in the homicide trial involving brothers Scott Hollingshead and Christopher Nix. Testimony will resume Tuesday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Hollingshead and Nix reportedly were waiting for murder victim Brian Spalding at his Banner Mountain residence on the night of April 14, 2014. They allegedly shot Spalding before dragging him from the car and kicking him repeatedly; he died at the scene of multiple blunt-force trauma.

Testimony Wednesday centered around the handgun located along Gracie Road several days later, as well as two bullets recovered from the driver’s side door of the car Spalding was driving at the time of the attack.

Citrus Heights Police Officer Nate Hutson, then a detective with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, testified that he collected a gun magazine found by a citizen near the intersection of Gracie and Banner Lava Cap roads.

After he visited the location where the magazine was found, Hutson said he asked Search and rescue volunteers to focus on that area. Deputy Matt Dillon subsequently called him to report a volunteer had located a firearm.

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