Murder suspect withdraws request for bond reduction
The suspect in a 2004 murder has withdrawn his request to reduce his $250,000 bond.
William T. Nunno, 38, formerly of Lake Havasu City, awaits trial on charges of first degree murder in the fatal 2004 shooting of Havasu resident Cindy Trumbull, and remains in custody at Mohave County Jail on $250,000 bond. Nunno’s attorneys submitted a motion this month to have that bond reduced, to the outcry of the victim’s friends and family. Sixteen Havasu residents submitted email requests for Superior Court Judge Billy Sipe to deny bond for the defendant.
Sipe was expected to give a ruling this week on the possibility of reducing bond for William T. Nunno. A business-owner and father of two, Nunno was taken into custody as he left his home on March 9 to take his son to school. His arrest followed an 18-month investigation into Trumbull’s death by the Lake Havasu City Police Department’s cold case unit, during which time Havasu detectives traveled the country to re-interview witnesses in the case. According to police officials, new information gained from these interviews yielded sufficient cause for Nunno’s arrest this year.
Fourteen Havasu residents, including members of Trumbull’s family and former San Bernardino County Sheriff Richard Bachelor, submitted a joint request that Sipe deny the defendant’s bond or release.
“Cindy Trumbull was brutally silenced Aug. 26, 2004, and can no longer speak for herself,” the request said. “But I can, and will. I object to the reduction in bail or release for William Nunno. The gravity and severity of this matter warrants incarceration. There is no incentive for him to remain within the jurisdiction of this court if he is released.”
Nunno maintains his innocence on the murder charges. Although Nunno’s motion for bond reduction has been withdrawn, he will be able to resubmit the motion at a later date, if he so chooses. According to attorney Michael Wozniak, of Kingman-based Whitney & Whitney, Nunno is not a flight risk.
“People are free to communicate with the court,” Wozniak said. “We understand that (Trumbull) was loved, and we want to understand what happened in this case as well. He’s not a flight risk, and he wants to get to the truth of this matter as well.”
According to Havasu resident Cindy Cummings, Nunno should not receive bond after more than a decade of freedom. “He has enjoyed 13 years of unwarranted freedom since viciously murdering Cindy,” Cummings wrote. “He does not deserve to walk free a moment longer.”
Nunno is scheduled to appear in Sipe’s court April 23 for a case management conference.