Boyd Lords and Martin Borden each appeared for arraignment hearings in Sixth Judicial District Court in Winnemucca on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, and pleaded not guilty to several charges regarding sexual assault and lewdness with a child under 14 years of age.
According to a press release from the Winnemucca Police Department, Lords, a 51-year-old Winnemucca resident was arrested May 8, 2019 and booked into the Humboldt County Detention Center on five felony counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 (violation of NRS 200.366), as a result of an ongoing investigation.
Borden, age 22, was arrested on August 27, 2018, in Winnemucca following an investigation by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. He was originally charged with 12 counts of child sexual assault on a child under the age of 14. The charging document with the court lists a total of four felony counts, two counts of sexual assault on a child under 14 and two counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14.
Court documents state multiple instances in which Lords is alleged to have committed the offenses between April 2016 and April 2018 in Winnemucca. Borden is alleged to have committed the offenses between January 2015 and August 2018 in Humboldt County.
Borden appeared for an arraignment hearing in one case and has another outstanding case. At the arraignment hearing, Humboldt County District Attorney Michael MacDonald told the court that the intention would be to combine the two cases in the future.
Borden is being represented by Humboldt Public Defender Matthew Stermitz and Lords is being represented by retained attorney Robert Dolan.
At an arraignment hearing on July 9 in Sixth Judicial District Court, Borden pleaded not guilty to all four category A felony counts and Lords pleaded not guilty to all five category A felony counts he is being charged with. Both defendants are currently in custody at the Humboldt County Detention Center, each with a $2.5 million dollar bail.
A jury trial for Borden was tentatively set on the Sixth Judicial Court calendar for January 6-10, 2020. A jury trial regarding charges against Lords has not been set as Dolan told the court he anticipates a suppression hearing in the future, along with the case to be remanded to justice court before moving forward as the preliminary hearing was originally waived in Justice Court.
According to the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, the penalty for each category A felony count of child sexual assault with a victim under 14 years of age with no substantial bodily harm is life in prison with a 35-year minimum for parole, no probation or suspended sentence. On each category A felony count of lewdness with a child under 14 years of age, a defendant faces life in prison with a 10-year minimum for parole, no probation or suspended sentence.