Douglas Haig was indicted by a federal grand jury in Nevada on Wednesday on one count of production of ammunition without a licence.
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An Arizona man who sold ammunition to the Las Vegas massacre shooter Stephen Paddock was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on one count of production of ammunition without a licence.
Douglas Haig, 55, was charged in Arizona earlier this year with the production of armor-piercing bullets, after authorities said that his name was found in a box in the Paddock his hotel room in the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
According to a Ministry of Justice, judgment, Haig operated an online business to sell “high explosive armor piercing incendiary ammunition, armor piercing incendiary ammunition, and armor piercing ammunition.”
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Ministry of justice, the officials said Haig sold his ammunition to customers in Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and South Carolina between July 2016 and October 2017. The charges made no mention of his turnover to the Paddock.
Paddock killed 58 people injured and hundreds of others in the night of Oct. 1 when he opened fire from his suite in concert at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. He killed himself as the police to his room, and researchers are unable to pin down a motive for the massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in modern AMERICAN history.
Haig told the researchers that he re-loaded ammunition, but not the sale of these cartridges customers — and that none of the ammunition recovered in the Las Vegas attack would have tool marks in accordance with reloading equipment, prosecutors said.
The prosecutors also said Haigh’s fingerprints were found on reloaded, unfired .308-caliber cartridges inside Paddock’s hotel room. Researchers had said earlier that armor-piercing ammunition restored inside of Paddock’s room had tool marks that are consistent with Haig’s of reloading equipment.
Marc Victor, a lawyer in the metro Phoenix, which stands for Haig, told The Associated Press his client would fight the Nevada costs aggressive. Victor also said that he expected that a separate federal case filed earlier this year in Arizona, the charging of Haig with the production of armor-piercing bullets, it will be dismissed in the coming days as a result of the Nevada indictment.
Victor said that he was preparing to provide prosecutors with a comment on the evidence turned over in the Arizona case, but the prosecutors instead went ahead and complained to him in Nevada. “We are disappointed that,” Victor said.
Haig, an aerospace engineer who sold ammunition as a hobby for about 25 years, earlier confirmed the sale of 720 rounds of tracer ammunition to Paddock in the weeks before the attack. Tracer rounds, which are legal to sell, contain a pyrotechnic charge, which illuminates the path of the fired bullets so shooters can see if their target is the right.
The indictment filed against Haig in Arizona listed Paddock extended.
Researchers have said FBI agents found armor-piercing rounds during an Oct. 19 search of Haig’s house.
She also said a forensic analysis of the two armor-piercing cartridges found in the Paddock’s hotel room with Haig’ s fingerprints had tool marks that are consistent with the equipment in Haig’s backyard workshop.
The criminal complaint filed in Arizona said Haig does not have a license to make armor-piercing ammunition.
Haig has said that he does not notice suspicious when he sold the tracer rounds to Paddock.
But the indictment of Arizona said Haig told the researchers that when Paddock bought ammunition in his house, Paddock went to his car to get gloves and put them on before you a box to tracer ammunition.
Haig has since closed his munitions business. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance Sept. 5.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.