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Billionaire victim advocate faces hearing in Vegas drug case

May 2, 2019
FILE - This March 6, 2019, file photo shows Henry T. Nicholas III, left, and Ashley Fargo during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles. A hearing has been scheduled to decide if the California tech billionaire and victim rights advocate should stand trial on felony drug charges after authorities say he was found in a hotel room with briefcases full of drugs. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron on Thursday, May 2, 2019, set a June 25 preliminary hearing of evidence in the case involving Broadcom Corp. co-founder Nicholas III and co-defendant Fargo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge says she’ll decide next month if a California tech billionaire and victim rights advocate should stand trial on felony drug trafficking charges after authorities say he was found in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room with briefcases full of drugs.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron on Thursday scheduled a June 25 preliminary hearing in the case involving Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Nicholas III and co-defendant Ashley Fargo.

Their attorneys, David Chesnoff and David Brown, deny Nicholas and Fargo committed any crime.

Police reported finding Fargo unconscious at the Encore resort last August with cases containing marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and tablets identified as ecstasy.

Chesnoff points to Nicholas’ philanthropy and funding of campaigns for states to adopt so-called “Marsy’s Law” victims’ rights bills.

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