LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – William “Bill” Terry, a noted Las Vegas criminal attorney who has handled some of the biggest Las Vegas cases for the past 25 years, died at his home on Friday, according to friends. He was 74 years old.
Terry has represented some famous – and some notorious – defendants over the years, including:
- Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish, who were charged in the death of Ted Binion.
- Bellagio bandit Anthony Carleo accused of stealing $ 1.5 million casino chips from the Bellagio using a motorcycle.
- Christopher Prestipino accused of killing 24-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez and wrapping her body in concrete.
- Steven Jones, a family judge who has been removed from the bank.
- Lynnette Boggs-McDonald, a Clark County Commissioner charged with electoral law violations.
The legal community reacted to Terry’s death.
Defense attorney Ozzie Fumo said, “Bill Terry was an honor for his profession and a gem for human nature. His moral and intellectual powers are unrivaled. “
“Those who asked for his help found that he had a soft place in his heart for those in need,” said Fumo. “He fought for his customers with unmatched determination. He loved the law. And had an ongoing curiosity and an irrepressible interest in life. Most of all, he loved his family very much. “
Nevada criminal justice attorneys recalled Terry: “The Las Vegas legal community, and the Defense Chamber in particular, suffered another major blow this morning when it was learned that Attorney Bill Terry had passed away. Our thoughts are with his family, coworkers and friends. He will be missed very much. “
Terry graduated from the UNR in 1969 and graduated from the University of San Diego with a law degree in 1973.