WINNEMUCCA — Trial dates were set on Monday (June 20) in the 6th Judicial District Court for two of the four pending cases involving local resident Mark Tucker Sharp.
Sharp was in court for arraignment on charges of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and trafficking in a controlled substance level I, both category B felonies. He pleaded not guilty to both.
A three-day trial on the drug trafficking allegation was set for Sept. 14. A three day trial on the firearm allegations was set to begin Sept. 28.
Although the trafficking and firearm allegations stem from the same incident, a Nevada Supreme Court decision prevents the prosecution from trying the charges together due to the negative connotation an ex-felon charge may have on the jury.
Sharp also has an upcoming case where he faces charges of felony eluding/kidnapping, that trial is set to begin on Aug. 2, and another case in which he is charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
The defendant is being represented on the trafficking/firearm cases by Battle Mountain attorney Ted Herrera. An effort by Herrera to consolodate the cases, which would have saved taxpayer dollars, was unsuccessful. Deputy DA Roger Whomes did not indicate in court why it was his preference the cases not be consolodated.
Sharp remains in custody at the Humboldt County Detention Center on $100,000 bail.