State prosecutors finished calling witnesses in the murder trial of a known MS-13 gang member accused of gunning down two young men at a party seven years ago.Â
The two-week trial is expected to end with closing statements on Friday.Â
On Wednesday, jurors heard from FBI agent Blaine Freestone, who testified about the history of the transnational gang. They also heard from Sgt. Eric Chavez, of the Sparks Police Department, who testified about his arrest interview with Luis Alejandro Menendez-Cordero.Â
Menendez-Cordero faces two counts of murder with a deadly weapon for the deaths of 19-year-old Kevin Melendez and 21-year-old Moises Vazquez. Both men were found with gunshot wounds on Nov. 20, 2010 at an apartment on 1000 El Rancho Drive in Sparks.Â
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Washoe County Chief Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kossow showed aÂ total of four short clips from Menendez-Cordero’s hour-longÂ interrogation, which was conducted in Spanish.
In one of the videos, Menendez-Cordero told Chavez that he often traveled to Reno to visit family, but that he was out of the state the night of the shooting.
Throughout the interview, Menendez-Cordero repeatedly denied any involvement in the shooting and said he didnât know who killed Melendez and Vazquez.
Chavez described Menendez-Cordero as “dismissive” and said he would often chuckle or smile.Â
“I know everything,” Chavez told Menendez-Cordero during the interview. “I’m asking the questions to find out if you’re going to be honest.”Â
“I don’t know anything,” Menendez-CorderoÂ responded.Â