Preliminary hearing scheduled for February, Killer of Fernley teen deemed competent to stand trial

The man accused of kidnapping and killing a Fernley teenager was found competent to stand trail and is going to appear at a two-day preliminary hearing in February.

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.



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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.

Fernley teenager kidnapped and killed by the man charged was found competent to stand trial and will appear in February at a preliminary hearing.

Driver’s lawyers argue that he cannot legally be tried in Lyon County because the murder occurred in neighboring Churchill County.



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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”

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