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January 23, 2023

Driver Killing Paiute Journalist Myron Dewey Seeks Plea Deal


Standing for Myron in court today. Photo by Joseph Dewey.

Driver Killing Paiute Journalist Myron Dewey Seeking Plea Deal

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
January 17, 2023

The driver of the truck that killed Paiute journalist Myron Dewey is seeking a plea deal, Myron's daughter Taylor Dewey said following a pre-trial hearing at Tonopah Justice Court in Nye County, Nevada.

Myron was killed when John David Walsh of Reno pulled into his lane on an isolated dirt road near his family's home in Yomba, Nevada on Sept. 26, 2021.

"The pre-trial court just ended. The judge ordered John Walsh to be booked fingerprinted and released with stipulations of no alcohol or drugs and random drug testing until parties have had time to go over the plea deal presented by John's attorney and attend the next pre-trial hearing which will be April 11th," Taylor said.
"I will be in contact with the district attorney's office today and see what the plea deal is. A plea deal means guaranteed conviction and that John Walsh is admitting he is guilty. However, our family wants John to be held fully accountable. Thanks for everyone’s thoughts prayers and support!" Taylor said.

John Walsh’s attorney presented the plea deal to District Attorney John Friel on Friday afternoon. The District attorney has not had time to review the plea deal with the chief District attorney as well as Myron’s family and court was pushed to April.

Myron, 49, of the Walker River Paiute Nation in Nevada, is a world-renowned journalist, activist, filmmaker and water protector.

Walsh is charged with driving under the influence resulting in death and reckless driving resulting in death. The blood test showed the presence of cannabis.

The Nevada State Police report shows that Walsh pulled into Myron's lane on Ione Road, an isolated dirt road near Myron's family's home in Yomba, Nevada, at 11:12 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.

Walsh was driving a larger truck, a Toyota Tacoma, and Myron was driving a smaller Toyota Highlander. Myron's vehicle was struck on the front left driver's side.

Myron died about two hours after the head-on collision. Myron's sister who lived nearby was able to be with him during his last time.

Walsh was airlifted to a Reno hospital. Although the state police said they took blood at the hospital for analysis at the time, it was nearly 10 months later that the prosecutors announced the results of the blood test.

Myron's daughter Taylor persistently contacted Nye County officials to make sure there was justice.

On the day before his death, Myron live-streamed from the Fallon bombing range and opposed its expansion. He also urged the protection of the Paiute Massacre site at Thacker Pass from lithium mining.

However, the expansion of the Navy Seals' bombing range at Fallon was approved when President Biden signed the Defense spending bill over the Christmas holidays, which allocated public lands for the expansion. Nevada Congressmen pushed for the expansion -- which includes bombing, live ground fire and electronic warfare, according to the Navy.

During resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota, Myron provided news in 2016--2017. Myron's drone coverage included the pipeline construction and the pipeline's private security. TigerSwan, which directed law enforcement from across the nation at the site, operated without a license in North Dakota, a regulatory agency ruled.

Livestreaming from the Fallon bombing range the day before he died, Myron said when he hears, "Thank you for your service," another image comes to mind: "Killing, rape, genocide."

"I am a survivor of a mass genocide across the United States."

Pointing out that genocide is being carried out around the world, he said, "In Nevada, it is still fresh."

At Standing Rock, Myron and the Water Protectors also witnessed an Avenger missile launcher. On Saturday, five years after Standing Rock, in the Nevada desert at the bombing range, Dewey filmed an Avenger.

Myron said this video is to warn his grandchildren of this corporate greed, and the greed that demands power and military force.

Speaking on climate change, he said there were not enough pine nuts to feed the people during the ceremony this year.

Myron also speaks in the video of the green-washing and the lithium mining now targeting sacred ancestral land at Thacker Pass in northern Nevada. He speaks of the need to protect and defend the land and water.

"Take a breath," he said, "Take a moment and appreciate what you have."

Read the full article, and view Myron's final video, at Censored News.

New! Fallon Bombing Range Expansion:
Live Fire and Electronic Warfare, Myron Dewey Died Trying to Prevent It
by Censored News

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News

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