Officer Ronald Mortensen was arrested for the drive-by shooting murder
of an alleged gang member that took place the evening of December 27,
while Officer Mortensen was on his way home after celebrating his
birthday with some friends, most likely all police officers.
Another fellow officer, Chris Brady, offered Mortensen a ride home. On
his way there, he took a detour by a drug-plagued area of the city,
and confronted some of the alleged Mexican gang members and drug
dealers, an act which culminated in that shooting death.
Las Vegas Tribune’s Rolando Larraz got unconfirmed information that
Officer Brady was previously acquainted with the individual and argued
with him about an unknown issue that ended in the death of the alleged
drug dealer and gang member.
Brady, the son of then-Detective Mike Brady with Las Vegas
Metropolitan Police Department — who had a terrible reputation for
knowing “where all the bodies are buried” and had something on many of
the higher-ups at Metro — took advantage of his father’s position and
so the cover-up began and Ronald Mortensen was the only one charged
with the murder of the drive-by shooting victim.
From then on the department was divided into two sides, with half
believing that Mortensen was not the shooter and the other side
refusing to comment for fear of retaliation due to the clout that the
elder Brady supposedly had.
Mortensen went to trial and in May 1997, as expected, he was found
guilty and sentenced to life in prison. He appealed and his appeal was
denied, then in 2000 he filed a writ of Habeas Corpus that went
Mortensen filed a writ of Habeas Corpus in federal court and 28 months
later the federal court sent his case back to state court where it’s
been since May 2013, and he has been waiting for a response ever
During this time, since May 2, 2013 (10 months and counting), Ronald
Mortensen had petitioned twice for appointment of counsel and no one
can make a decision and the case is still going nowhere.
We are wondering how long it will take to issue an order to give this
former police officer with an impeccable record his real “day in
court,” showing that he was much more clean than his trigger-happy
driver who had some previous contact with the alleged drug-dealing
Justice delayed is justice denied.
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