Alleged shooter of Truckee snowboarder goes to trial
The trial for a 19-year-old charged with killing three people at an off-campus Halloween party last year, including Truckee snowboarder Coogan Kelly, began Monday in Reno.
Prosecutors previously said they will not seek the death penalty for Samisoni Taukitoku, who is accused of opening fire at a crowded p arty attended by University of Nevada, Reno students.
Washoe County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Greco said Samisone Taukitoku’s age and lack of criminal history were factors in the decision.
Charles Kelly, 21, known better by his middle name of Coogan, was a native of the Sierra Valley who loved to fish, swim and snowboard, often around Donner Lake, where he had recently lived with his mom and two sisters.
After attending Truckee High School, Kelly pursued a passion for snowboarding. He was skilled enough to attract local sponsorship by NJB clothing and Totally Board in Truckee, as well as national endorsements from Adidas and Ride snowboards.
Kelly’s exploits were featured in several snowboarding films.
UNR senior Derek Kyle Jensen and former UNR student Nathan Viljoen were also killed in the shooting. The trial before Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan is expected to last about three weeks.