The man accused of kidnapping, killing and attempting to murder a Fernley teenager has been found competent to face trial. He was ordered to appear in February at a preliminary hearing.
Troy Driver was scheduled for a preliminary hearing by Yerington’s Lyon County District Judge. The hearing will be held February 16-17 at Fernley justice court to determine if there is enough evidence to bring him to trial for first-degree murder and kidnapping.
On March 12, 18-year-old Naomi Irion was abducted from a Fernley Walmart parking lot. It is located about 30 miles east-east of Reno. Two weeks later, her body was discovered in a shallow grave in Churchill County.
Original date for Driver’s preliminary hearing was September. However, the hearing was canceled by Lori Matheus, Canal Township Justice Court Judge. He will be referred to a state judge for competency.
Driver’s lawyers argue that he cannot legally be tried in Lyon County because the murder occurred in neighboring Churchill County.
Prosecutors claim he can be tried for all charges in Lyon County because he kidnapped Irion from a Walmart , before he shot and buried her at the desert “all in one continuous course”