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Man Involved in 4th of July Death Cuts a Deal

LAS VEGAS -- The man charged in the death of a 22-year-old killed by shrapnel at a Fourth of July party has struck a deal with prosecutors.

Andrew Molitor has agreed to plead guilty to a gross misdemeanor. He will serve three years probation, pay restitution, and pay $5,000 toward a scholarship fund in the name of the victim, Kasey Barlow.

Police say Molitor packed a cannon with gunpowder and lit it at a neighborhood party. The cannon exploded and killed Barlow.

Molitor was charged with second degree murder. If convicted, he could have served five years in jail. The plea means Molitor will avoid jail time if he carries out all the provisions of the deal.

 

Child Murder Case Goes to the Jury

LAS VEGAS -- Closing arguments have finished in the murder trial of Stanley and Colleen Rimer. The pair are accused of killing their four-year-old son, Jason.

The Rimer's face a second degree murder charge and several child abuse and neglect charges. They have heard a lot of graphic details in the last two weeks. Thursday, the state made sure the jurors remembered how helpless Jason was when he was left in the family SUV for 17 hours.

"He didn't struggle to get out because he couldn't. He was incapable. There were no signs on the windows or door handles that Jason Rimer could even save himself. Indeed, he was entombed," said Prosecutor David Stanton.

The state once again showed the jury a picture of Jason's body after he was taken out of the family's SUV. They say he died of heat stress, saying he basically "baked to death."

State Rests in Child Abuse Case

LAS VEGAS -- The State of Nevada has rested its case against Stanley and Colleen Rimer. They are the couple accused of second degree murder in connection with the death of their 4-year-old son, Jason.

Defense attorneys have not said whether Colleen or Stanley Rimer will take the stand in their own defense. For now, doctors and nurses, as well as close family friends, are expected to be called on the defense's behalf.

Before the state rested, they called Nicole Atwell, a former employee with Nevada Early Intervention Services. After Jason was born, Atwell would go to the Rimer home to make sure Colleen Rimer knew how to properly care for him and his special needs.

As a baby, Jason was not allowed to take in liquids orally. He was fed through a g-tube that was hooked into the abdomen wall.

Groups Bring Attention to Stalking

LAS VEGAS -- Calling attention to stalking is how some southern Nevada agencies hope will get more victims to report it. Stalking is many cases leads to domestic violence.

Nevada leads the nation when it comes to women being killed by men, in some cases as a result of stalking. It is typically women who fall victim to stalking, and what makes it so hard to report, is victims not keeping a log of how they are being stalked -- something as simple as the dates and time a so-called stalker threatened their space

Technology isn't making it any easier on these victims.

Body Found Near Lake not Missing Dancer

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office says the body found yesterday near Lake Mead is not that of missing dancer Debbie Flores-Narvaez. The coroner will release the identity of the woman when the next of kin is notified.

Hikers found a female's burned body near Kingman Wash road yesterday morning. Las Vegas police say the call came in at about 11:30 a.m. Officers say two tourists found the burned body along the side of a dirt road.

"Our rangers responded. They were able to confirm that they were human remains. We had National Park Service special agents on scene to take a look at it," said Lake Mead National Recreation Area Public Affairs Officer Andrew Munoz.

The body was found on federal land in an area frequently visited by tourists and locals.

"This is a mildly popular area for locals. You can get access to the lake, popular for camping and fishing," Munoz said.

Police Offer Few Details in Update Missing Dancer Case

LAS VEGAS -- The family of a missing Las Vegas dancer has more questions about her disappearance. The last person to see Debbie Flores-Narvaez was her ex-boyfriend, who is also accused of abusing her two months ago.

Las Vegas police detectives updated the case early Tuesday.

Jason "Blu" Griffith told police Flores-Narvaez came to his apartment and left after a few minutes. Police say he is only a person of interest because he saw Flores-Narvaez the night she disappeared.

This fall, Flores-Narvaez was pregnant with his child, but police don't know if she still was last week. They also said there is no evidence of foul play.

Read the arrest report for Jason "Blu" Griffith

Family of Killed Teacher Wants Closure

LAS VEGAS -- They were all violent robberies and one with a deadly ending. One week later, the group of suspects responsible is still on the run. Now Las Vegas police is asking for your help to put these criminals behind bars.

Over the past week, the small memorial for the teacher killed during one of those robberies has continued to grow. However, each day that has passed is one more day those responsible remain free and on the streets. Something many hope will soon change.

"We've got a lot of things working. We just don't have that one piece of the puzzle to put it together for us," said Metro Robbery Lt. Clint Nichols.

Several leads have come in, but no arrests. Police are now asking for your help to catch the group who brutally beat and robbed eight people last week.

"In reviewing all of these issues, we do not believe that the robbery was the primary motivator," said Lt. Nichols.