Man held in Las Vegas slaying pleads not guilty in knife case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 19-year-old awaiting trial in the shooting death of a Las Vegas mother of four pleaded not guilty Thursday to separate felony charges alleging that he held a knife to the throat of a 13-year-old boy during a street confrontation.

Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti said she'll set a trial date later for Erich Milton Nowsch Jr. -- once it becomes clear whether he'll face trial May 26 in the Tammy Meyers slaying case.

Nowsch faces battery and child abuse with a weapon charges stemming from the alleged knife threat on Feb. 15.

Nowsch and a co-defendant, Derrick Andrews, have each pleaded not guilty in the fatal Feb. 12 shooting of Meyers in a cul-de-sac a block from Nowsch's home. Each could face up to life in prison.

Also in relation to this case, Action News has learned that blood tests taken following Meyers' death show she had oxycodone and valium in her system when she was killed.

The following statement was released by the Meyers family:

We have not yet reviewed the toxicology findings. The report of a therapeutic level of a prescribed medication confirms that Tammy Meyers did not abuse drugs.  Tammy Meyers was a patient with prescription medication for severe back pain as a result of a serious car accident.  It is important to point out that in death as in life, Tammy Meyers proved to be the quintessential generous person.  Tammy Meyers underwent surgery and donated multiple organs, which accounts for the other trace medication.   What this report apparently confirms is that Tammy Meyers was not a drug abuser as falsely reported.