Suspect in Las Vegas road rage shooting appears in court
By Michael Pearson
(CNN) — The 19-year-old man accused of killing a Las Vegas woman after a road rage incident made his first court appearance Monday, a brief initial hearing in which he did not enter a plea.
Meanwhile, his attorney is questioning the version of events given by police and the victim’s family.
Erich Milton Nowsch appeared at the three-minute hearing in handcuffs, wearing a blue jumpsuit. He is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and firing a gun from a car in the February 12 death of Tammy Meyers, 44. Police say Nowsch shot Meyers in front of her home after a confrontation while driving.
According to police, the incident began when Meyers was giving her daughter a driving lesson at a school parking lot when “a silver four door car sped up behind them and pulled along the driver’s side of the car.” After the daughter honked the horn, the other car raced ahead and blocked their path, and a man got out of the car threatening them.
Meyers later went looking for the car with her 22-year-old son, who was armed with a 9 mm pistol, according to police. After finding the car, they began following it. The driver stopped, and the passenger began firing at the Meyerses, according to police. Meyers drove home, but the other car followed and the occupant opened fire on them in front of their house, according to police.
Meyers was struck in the head and died two days later.
But Nowsch’s attorney, Conrad Claus, said he questions whether the alleged road rage incident between Meyers and Nowsch occurred and has doubts about the family’s account of what happened.
He said accounts of Nowsch’s reported discussions of the shootings with friends don’t appear to be consistent with the road rage claim. He also questioned the family’s initial description of the shooting suspect. Meyers’ daughter described the driver who threatened them as being 6 feet tall. Nowsch is much shorter.
“There are serious inconsistencies and problems with their story and I have serious concerns,” Claus told CNN.