A man is being held without bail in a Las Vegas jail for multiple charges, including two counts of murder and one of attempted murder following a fatal shooting last month near the city's famed Strip. The 30-year-old man claims, however, that he has no recollection of the alleged actions that could get him the death penalty.
Two 27-year-old women from San Francisco were fatally shot in the early morning hours of Feb. 19. A man who was with them was critically injured, but is recovering from his gunshot wounds.
This isn't the first run-in with the law for the accused man. He served time in state prison for child abuse and felony pandering of a child before being paroled in 2015.
The man told police that he remembers being in the shopping area at Planet Hollywood and that he got involved in a fight that he saw taking place in the parking area to assist the man being beaten. He says, however, that he had been drinking and smoking marijuana, and doesn't remember leaving the area. He claims that the gun that he was seen holding during that fight was a BB gun.
According to law enforcement, surveillance video shows him walking up to the eventual shooting victims' car, pulling a gun and then walking away. They say he then chased that car in his own vehicle. The fatal shooting reportedly occurred just a few minutes later on Harman Avenue. The man was apprehended by police the following day.
It was not reported whether police found the alleged murder weapon. However, they have not found the BB gun that the man claimed was the only weapon he had. He and his attorney are due in court in Clark County on March 2 for his arraignment.
Obviously, when someone is facing extremely serious criminal charges, experienced legal guidance is a must. While being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not enough on its own to get a person exonerated from such charges, a criminal defense attorney may be able to use that to help mitigate the potential penalties, which could make the difference between life and death for a defendant.
Source: Record Searchlight, "Suspect: No recollection of double killing near Vegas Strip," Ken Ritter, The Associated Press, Feb. 24, 2016