The Reno Police Department's investigation into the death of State Controller Kathy Augustine in July has resulted in the arrest of her husband, Chaz Higgs, in Hampton, Virginia on a Reno warrant charging him with first degree murder in his wife's death. More>>
More than two months after her death, the coroner says that Kathy Augustine was murdered. Police arrested her husband, Chaz Higgs, for the crime Friday. The family of the late state controller shared their reactions withEyewitness News.More>>
Who is Chaz Higgs, besides the husband of the late Kathy Augustine? The Channel 8 I-Team did some checking Friday of public records to find out about Chaz Higgs.More>>
The husband of the late State Controller Kathy Augustine appeared in a Virginia courtroom this morning and waived extradition to Nevada.
Higgs was arrested in Virginia Friday and charged with her murder after an FBI toxicology test found a paralyzing drug in her system.
The 42-year-old Higgs was arrested Friday afternoon in Hampton, Virginia on a warrant issued in Reno charging him with first-degree murder, Reno police spokesman Steve Frady said.
The warrant was issued Wednesday afternoon; just hours after a coroner's autopsy and results of toxicology tests found the drug succinylcholine in Augustine's system, which police described as a "very powerful paralytic."
Reno police called in help from the local authorities in Virginia, and Higgs was arrested without incident. The warrant and test results had been kept secret until Reno police announced Higgs' arrest Friday afternoon.
Eyewitness News spoke to Steve Frady of the Reno Police Department Friday evening. He explained how authorities developed the warrant to arrest Chaz Higgs.
"The warrant charging Higgs with first-degree murder was issued following a review of evidence in the case including a coroner's autopsy report with toxicology results received this week from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Laboratory indicating the presence of succinylcholine, a very powerful paralytic, in her system. According to medical experts, the drug paralyzes muscles in the body within several minutes including the muscles used for breathing," Frady stated.
Reno police say this drug found in Augustine's system has no affect on consciousness or pain perception. That means an individual will be paralyzed and awake while they are dying. Police say this is a drug commonly used in hospital operating rooms to help put breathing tubes in patients.
Higgs, a nurse at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center, said he found Kathy Augustine unconscious in her Reno home on July 8th. She was taken to a Reno hospital were she died three days later on July 11th without regaining consciousness.
Late Friday afternoon, the Reno Police Department disclosed new information about the original sequence of events once Augustine was found dead. Eyewitness News was told they received an anonymous tip that her death may not have been accidental and that's when the full-fledged investigation began.
Chaz Higgs told the media she died of a massive heart attack.
A Reno police detective says he's concerned that the FBI crime laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, still hasn't turned over a report on the cause of death of Nevada Controller Kathy Augustine on July 11th. More>>
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Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. In some cases, it has to do with a language barrier, but in most cases, it is fear among undocumented immigrants that they could end up being deported. More>>
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:58:50 GMT
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, around 313,000 people visited Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend. More>>
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:51:43 GMT
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun. More>>
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.