ELKO, Nev. — A Nevada sheriff’s deputy testified that a gun that prosecutors say was used in the December shooting of a man in a supermarket parking lot had been stolen from him.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/2jERswI ) the .40-caliber handgun was registered to Richard Lespade, an Elko County deputy who works at the county courthouse.

Lespade testified Wednesday the gun was a gift from a family member that he left in its original case and last handled more than a year ago.

Lespade identified the accused shooter, James Ryan Blake, as his girlfriend’s brother, and said Blake had access to their apartment prior to the shooting.

Blake is facing multiple charges including attempted murder in the Dec. 9 shooting of Michael May.

His preliminary hearing continues Feb. 20.

Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com

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