How does subject matter jurisdiction work?
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I do not believe you are asking the question you really want to ask. Subject matter jurisdiction has to do with whether a court is authorized by statute to hear a matter. Criminal matters are heard in courts of general jurisdiction like the Eighth District court in Clark County. Appeal courts, bankruptcy courts, justice courts, and other specialty courts have specific matters which they can hear and if a matter does not fall into the category they are authorized to oversee, you would say they "lack subject matter jurisdiction." Your case involves a question of venue. If a crime is committed outside the boundaries of the judicial district where the charges are brought, one would argue improper venue.
A charge as serious as murder would require some showing of probable cause (evidence). Since you are neither the party charged (your uncle) or his attorney, I doubt you have access to the State's evidence. I suspect there is evidence of which you are unaware. I have never heard of someone being convicted of a murder charge then placed on house arrest. Your question leaves a lot of questions.