Vegas mom's body returned to family with no defense testing

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A prosecutor says the body of a Las Vegas mother killed in a neighborhood gunbattle was returned to her family before attorneys defending a 19-year-old on murder and other charges could examine it.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Hamner told a Las Vegas judge on Friday that 44-year-old Tammy Meyers' body was no longer at the Clark County coroner's office.

That made moot a defense request to conduct tests to see if Meyers or someone near her fired a gun before she died.

Defense attorneys Augustus Claus and Conrad Claus represent Erich Milton Nowsch Jr.

They say they want to investigate every possible angle in the fatal Feb. 12 shooting, including whether Meyers had a gun.

Nowsch was arrested Feb. 19. He's jailed awaiting a March 10 preliminary hearing.