Bruce Paddock — the brother of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock — was ordered Friday to stand trial in downtown Los Angeles on a single felony count of possession of more than 600 images of child or youth pornography.

But Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau dismissed 19 misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation of a child against him, agreeing with the defense’s argument that the statute of limitations had expired on those charges.

The misdemeanor counts involved alleged crimes between January 2014 and August 2014.

Paddock, who is free on bail and appeared in court in a wheelchair, had no comment on the case after the hearing.

He is due back on court March 16 for arraignment on the remaining felony count.

Paddock, now 59, was arrested last October at an assisted living facility in North Hollywood. Police said they began investigating Paddock “after evidence was discovered inside a business located in the 9000 block of San Fernando Road in Sun Valley.”

“Paddock had been squatting inside the business and after his eviction, the evidence was discovered,” according to the LAPD. “At the time of the initial investigation, Paddock was a transient and could not be located.”

The start of the LAPD investigation pre-dated the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting carried out by Paddock’s 64-year-old brother, Stephen, who holed up in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas and shot hundreds of concert-goers at an adjacent outdoor country music festival. Stephen Paddock killed 58 people then took his own life as law enforcement closed in.

–City News Service

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