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11/19/2012 6:03:00 AM
Golden Valley murder suspect ready for his day in court
Venola is claiming self defense in May shooting death of GV man
Richard Venola
Richard Venola

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A murder suspect said he is ready for trial after only six months.

The case of Richard Venola, who is charged with shooting his friend in Golden Valley in May, is in contrast with other cases that languish in the system.

"I'm trying to get over my shock that a case of this magnitude is ready to go six months after it's charged," Mohave Superior Court Judge Steven Conn told lawyers on both sides at a hearing last week.

Venola, who is out of custody on $100,000 bond, told Conn that he is ready for his day in court.

While pleased by how fast the case is progressing, Conn said Venola will have to get in line behind a murder suspect who's trial has been pending for two years and is ready to go ahead in the next week or two. Venola's trial date is tentatively slated for Dec. 11.

Venola, 53, is charged with second-degree murder after authorities said he shot and killed his friend, James Patrick O'Neill, 39, after O'Neill visited Venola's home in the 4800 block of Mayan Drive in Golden Valley.

O'Neill was shot once in his chest by a large caliber rifle. His body was found outside the home. The shooting was called into authorities by a neighbor.

Venola, who is a former field editor for "Guns & Ammo" magazine, says he acted in self-defense.

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