New details emerge about man involved in crime spree

LAS VEGAS -- The woman accused of a crime spree in a Las Vegas neighborhood appeared in court of the first time Thursday. There are new details about the criminal past of her now dead accomplice.

Natasha Jackson went before a judge, who set her bail was set at $400,000. She is facing murder, attempted murder, home invasion and robbery charges. She told the judge she understood the crimes she is accused of committing.

Police say Jackson and Cody Winters robbed a freeway service patrol worker, invaded two homes, shot two people and stabbed another, all of which, apparently at random.

In the end, Winters was shot and killed by police.

The whole thing played out on a day when the dead suspect was supposed to be in court on charges in another state.

Cody Winters had a warrant out for his arrest at the time of this crime spree and was prohibited from being in Nevada in the first place.

Winters was due in court for leaving a scene of an accident in Idaho and lying to police.

In records obtained by 8 News NOW from the Idaho Department of Corrections, Winters was convicted of crimes ranging from three DUI arrests to a battery charge and drug possession.

There is one crime in his past that may have started everything. It may have begun in 2006. Winters had a clean record up to that point, but at 19 years old, he sold drugs to an undercover cop, which is a felony charge.

From there he was in and out of prison. In October 2006, he was convicted of his first DUI. August 2007, he was convicted on aggravated battery charges.

After getting probation, he was in trouble again. His second DUI conviction came in 2008. He would go to prison again, only to get out and wind up with his third DUI.

Along the way, Winters had a series of traffic charges and misdemeanor arrests that were ultimately dismissed.

The Idaho Department of Corrections says Winters wasn't supposed to be in Las Vegas at all. In fact, leaving the state of Idaho violated the terms of his parole.

A judge had issued a warrant, which Winters ignored, but how or why he found his way to the valley is a question that remains unanswered.

8 News NOW tried to contact Winters' family in Idaho. However, one relative we reached didn't want to talk to us about what happened

Jackson is due back in court for another hearing on Aug. 13.


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