Nevada road rage murder suspect was passenger in car: prosecutor

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In this photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, an unidentified police official leads a shirtless suspect in the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother from a car to police headquarters for questioning in Las Vegas, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Police did not release the male suspect's name or discuss his possible involvement in the killing of 44-year-old Tammy Meyers. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Erich Nowsch Jr. appears in a Las Vegas courtroom for his initial court appearance Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch remains jailed following his arrest Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Feb. 12 shooting that fatally wounded 44-year-old Tammy Meyers outside her home. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 19: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Best quality available) In this handout provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Erich Nowsch II poses for his mugshot after being arrested on murder charges on February 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nowsch, 19, was arrested after a two-hour standoff and has been charged with killing Tammy Meyers on February 12, with whom he had allegedly been involved in a road-rage incident. (Photo by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)
This undated artist rendition provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows a composite sketch of a suspect police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying, whom they believed was involved in a road rage shooting in Las Vegas on Feb. 12, 2015. A Las Vegas mother of four killed in a road rage shooting last week got in her car with her adult son and his gun and drove around their neighborhood looking for the assailant who ended up shooting her in a residential cul-de-sac, police said Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. In a change from earlier accounts, police said 44-year-old Tammy Meyers had her teenage daughter run in the house to fetch her armed son, who then went with her as she drove to find the driver who had earlier stopped his car in front of hers, got out and approached her with angry words. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Appearing in court Monday, Erich Nowsch says he was threatened by Tammy Meyers and her son when he shot the mother out of self-defense. On the other side, Meyer's husband says his wife was followed home and murdered. Conflicting stories as this case appears in court.
Robert Meyers speaks to media outside his house, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 in Las Vegas. His wife Tammy who was teaching her 14-year-old daughter to drive was shot in the head and was not expected to survive after an apparent road-rage attack by an angry driver who followed them to their Las Vegas home. (AP Photo/Kimberly Pierceall)
Silas Doane, left, and Robert Meyers exit a Las Vegas courthouse following a hearing for Meyers' wife's accused killer, Erich Nowsch Jr. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch is accused of killing Tammy Meyers on Feb. 12. in what has been described as a road-rage incident. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Conrad Hafen presides over a hearing for Erich Nowsch Jr. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch is accused of killing Tammy Meyers on Feb. 12. in what has been described as a road-rage incident. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Robert Meyers, left, the widower of Tammy Meyers, attends a hearing for his wife's accused killer, Erich Nowsch Jr. in court Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch remains jailed following his arrest Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Feb. 12 shooting that fatally wounded 44-year-old Tammy Meyers outside her home. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Erich Nowsch Jr. appears in a Las Vegas courtroom for his initial court appearance Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch remains jailed following his arrest Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Feb. 12 shooting that fatally wounded 44-year-old Tammy Meyers outside her home. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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(Reuters) - The young man charged with murder in the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother of four outside her home earlier this month was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the confrontation and police were still searching for the driver, prosecutors said on Monday.

Police arrested 19-year-old Erich Nowsch last week at his home, just over a block away from the crime scene, after a brief standoff that marked the first break in the case since 44-year-old Tammy Meyers was shot outside her home on Feb. 12.

Police say she was shot minutes after she was involved in a road-rage altercation with the occupants of a silver sedan while heading home after giving her 15-year-old daughter a driving lesson. Meyers died of her wounds two days later.

"This defendant was the passenger, and we are still looking for the driver," Nevada District Attorney Steve Wolfson said after Nowsch made an initial court appearance on Monday on murder, attempted murder and firearms charges. He has yet to enter a plea.

"This young man is charged with a senseless, stupid act of murder, and we are going to prove it in court," Wolfson added, saying that the driver, when found, could be charged with aiding and abetting.

Arrest warrants made public in the case show that Nowsch told two friends he fired 22 times at a green car after a chase through his neighborhood just a few miles from the famed Las Vegas strip, and knew that he had shot someone when it was over.

According to the warrants, Nowsch's two friends told detectives he came to their apartment and told them that he "got those kids, they were after me, and I got them," according to the affidavit. Nowsch also showed them a handgun.

Nowsch denied involvement in the shooting when questioned by police, according to the documents. His lawyer left court on Monday without speaking to reporters.

A preliminary hearing in the case was set for March 10.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Dan Grebler)

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