Coroner rules on homicide of woman at downtown Las Vegas Valley motel | New
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Police in Las Vegas have arrested a California man after his girlfriend died of apparent head injuries on July 12.
Police responded to a call at around 8:16 a.m. for an injured woman in the 4900 block of Dean Martin Drive, near Interstate 15. Officers upon arrival found a woman with apparent blunt trauma to the head. and Justin Medof, 31, giving first aid, police said.
According to an arrest report, Medof and his girlfriend Stephanie Duarte were on Fremont Street the night before. Medof told police he and Duarte had a verbal argument and left her on Fremont, calling a carpool for himself to return to their hotel.
Surveillance video showed Medof arrived at the hotel around 2:12 a.m., according to the arrest report. Duarte arrived at 2:25 a.m. and the hotel room door was last opened at 2:32 a.m., according to the report.
Nearby guests told police they heard loud noises corresponding to two people fighting between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., according to the report.
Duarte appeared to have died “a few hours before” the 9-1-1 call, police said. Medof had called 9-1-1 when he said he woke up to see his girlfriend dead, according to the report.
Duarte’s identity as the victim has been confirmed by the Clark County Coroner’s Office. She died of blunt head and neck injuries in a homicide, the coroner said.
Medof said the room was “covered in blood” and he tried to bathe Duarte to wake her up, according to the report. Detectives said they also observed grazes on Medof.
Medof was arrested and incarcerated in the Clark County Detention Center on an open murder charge. He first appeared in court on Tuesday and is being held without bail. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for September 8.
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