CRIME

Jury decides on death penalty in Vegas murder-mutilation

  • This Sept. 6, 2011, file booking photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows of Javier Righetti of Las Vegas. A jury has decided that Righetti should be put to death for the rape, murder and mutilation of Alyssa Otremba a high school sophomore in a crime that shocked Las Vegas for its brutality in 2011. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)

    This Sept. 6, 2011, file booking photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows of Javier Righetti of Las Vegas. A jury has decided that Righetti should be put to death for the rape, murder and mutilation of Alyssa Otremba a high school sophomore in a crime that shocked Las Vegas for its brutality in 2011. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Sept. 6, 2011, file booking photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows of Javier Righetti of Las Vegas. A jury has decided that Righetti should be put to death for the rape, murder and mutilation of Alyssa Otremba a high school sophomore in a crime that shocked Las Vegas for its brutality in 2011. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)

    This Sept. 6, 2011, file booking photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows of Javier Righetti of Las Vegas. A jury has decided that Righetti should be put to death for the rape, murder and mutilation of Alyssa Otremba a high school sophomore in a crime that shocked Las Vegas for its brutality in 2011. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2011, file photo, Javier Righetti makes his initial appearance on charges of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. A jury has decided that Righetti should be put to death for the rape, murder and mutilation of Otremba in a crime that shocked Las Vegas for its brutality in 2011. (Sam Morris/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2011, file photo, Javier Righetti makes his initial appearance on charges of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. A jury has decided that Righetti should be put to death for the rape, murder and mutilation of Otremba in a crime that shocked Las Vegas for its brutality in 2011. (Sam Morris/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A jury has decided that a 24-year-old man should become the youngest of 83 people on Nevada's death row for the rape, murder and mutilation of a 15-year-old high school sophomore.

Javier Righetti was 19 in 2011 when he stabbed and burned Alyssa Otremba not far from her home in Las Vegas.

The jury found Righetti guilty last week of capital murder.

The panel then heard evidence that Righetti also was wanted on an arrest warrant in Mexico in a rape case involving his cousin when Otremba was killed.

Righetti will be formally sentenced by a judge on May 9. The sentence will be automatically appealed.

His court-appointed attorney, Christy Craig, declined Wednesday to comment on the verdict. It was read late Tuesday in Clark County District Court.