Man accused of killing Reno 12-year-old to remain in jail without bail for now

Edward Rivas, the man who is accused of murdering 12-year-old Stevie Jamon, appeared in court Monday. 

Rivas will remain in jail without bail for now after his defense attorney declined to address bail during a hearing Monday. Rivas was arraigned and is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 29 for a mandatory status conference. The judge also ordered that Rivas have no contact with the alleged victim, Theresa Moreno, Stevie’s mother. 

He was arrested for the brutal death of Stevie on Sept. 20 and faces murder and arson charges.

Edward Rivas

The court hearing Monday was conducted through Zoom and streamed on the Reno Justice Court’s YouTube page

Stevie was a student at Swope Middle School. Family and friends attended a candlelight vigil held at the apartment on Berrum Lane on Sept. 25. Many shared stories about Stevie and how he was an optimistic child. Some wore custom white t-shirts with a picture of Stevie printed on it. 

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According to Stevie’s sister, Nena Moreno, Stevie was like many 12-year-olds who enjoyed eating pizza and playing Fortnite. 

Moreno thanked those who attended the event Friday, saying that she prays no one would have to experience the grief that she experiencing. 

Stevie was found in his apartment by his mother on the evening of Sept. 18. His dog, a German Shepard named Naia, was also found dead. According to the case affidavit, Stevie had multiple stab wounds on his upper body and had also been burned. 

Rivas had been living with Stevie and his mother until the boy’s death at the Berrum Lane apartment, the affidavit detailed.

Rivas was later identified by a bus station employee, who thought that Rivas looked like the suspect on a flier. The employee called 911 as Rivas was boarding the bus, and he was arrested.

Rivas is being held at the Washoe County Jail. 

Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at koh@rgj.com or at 775-420-1285.  Please help support her work by subscribing