Man standing trial in 2018 burglaries at Wayne Newton home

June 18, 2019 - 12:07 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Las Vegas is due to hear longtime entertainer Wayne Newton and his wife describe encountering two burglars at their home a year ago, including one who attacked their dogs with a crowbar before escaping over a wall.

Prosecutor Jory Scarborough told jurors Tuesday that 22-year-old Weslie Hosea Martin was one of those burglars, and later sold Newton valuables to a coin and jewelry store.

Scarborough says Martin also was responsible for a break-in two weeks earlier at the Newton home, and at a neighboring property.

Martin's public defender, Will Ewing, told jurors that only a vague video security image ties Martin to the second break-in, which the Newtons interrupted when they returned home.

Martin is facing 11 felonies and sentencing as a habitual criminal if he's convicted.

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