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February 1, 2013
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DA files open murder charge

The man accused of killing 19-year-old Desiree Bragg when he pinned her against a house with his vehicle is facing a murder charge.Carson City prosecutors filed an open murder with a deadly weapon charge against 28-year-old Carson City resident Leonardo Cardoza in the incident that occurred on Saturday.Bragg died Wednesday afternoon after being flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.“It still appears to be a very sad, horrific attack on that young lady,” Sheriff Ken Furlong said.Cardoza will be arraigned on the new charge today in Justice Court.Cardoza allegedly began tailgating Bragg and her fianc, Steven Castro, from Highway 50 for two miles, following them to her mother’s house. He then allegedly idled at the end of the driveway on Cinnabar Avenue until Bragg got out of her vehicle, and then drove into her. An autopsy was performed Thursday morning and the report is not expected back for at least four weeks, Furlong said.Anyone with information about the case, or Cardoza’s whereabouts on Saturday is encouraged to call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Detective’s Division at 775-887-2500.YOU CAN HELPAn account has been set up to help Bragg’s family with her medical expenses, funeral costs and raising her 5-month-old son. Donations can be made at any Greater Nevada Credit Union Account: 926595 Routing number: 321280143

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Feb 4, 2013 01:16PM Published Feb 1, 2013 04:33AM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.