Ex-Vegas Firefighter Cast as Mastermind in Wife Slaying Case

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Ex-Vegas firefighter cast as mastermind in wife slaying case.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prosecutor alleged Tuesday that George Miguel Tiaffay befriended, supplied and promised to pay a homeless handyman who bludgeoned his casino cocktail server wife to death with a claw hammer a few weeks after the couple filed for divorce. LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) – The former firefighter accused of paying a homeless man $600 to have his wife murdered came face to face with a potential jury Monday. “We’re looking forward to justice being served for Shauna and for those responsible for her brutal murder to be held accountable,” Stokes-Richards said. Tiaffay’s defense lawyer contended that the homeless man, Noel Scott Stevens, can’t be believed and that Tiaffay — a West Point graduate and former Las Vegas firefighter — was being wrongly prosecuted on murder, conspiracy and other charges. “It’s a good story,” defense attorney Robert Langford told a Clark County District Court jury after prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo outlined what he termed a trail of manipulation, deception and circumstantial evidence pointing to Tiaffay’s guilt in the slaying nearly three years ago. “If you put it all together just the right way, that’s what you get,” Langford conceded. “But there’s a lot of reason not to put it together that way.” DiGiacomo conceded that Tiaffay didn’t commit the murder himself.

He was at work when the 46-year-old mother of their 8-year-old daughter was attacked and killed as she returned home about 3:30 a.m. from a night shift at the Palms Casino Hotel. George Tiaffay (TEE’-uh-fay) has pleaded not guilty in Nevada state court to charges including murder and conspiracy in the September 2012 slaying of Shauna Tiaffay.

But police found that Tiaffay telephoned Stevens 87 times in the month before the slaying — almost as many times as the wife who’d told him their relationship was over and that they should continue to live separately. In the meantime, he had driven his truck into a wall in a suicide attempt when it was clear he was becoming the prime suspect, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. They’re two families that are still intertwined through a young girl who lost a mother to a senseless murder and whose father is now standing trial for the alleged crime. DiGiacomo noted that as police grew closer to questioning George Tiaffay in the days following his wife’s death, he crashed his Ford F-150 pickup at more than 80 mph into concrete retaining wall. Although nothing in this world will ever replace Shauna in our lives, we will work together to make sure the MONSTERS who took her from us pay dearly for this horrific crime.”

Tiaffay had his daughter with him when he arrived at Shauna Tiaffay’s apartment early Sept. 29, 2012, and found the bloody murder scene, according to a 911 call played in court on Tuesday. Stevens made $600 by having a friend pawn Shauna Tiaffay’s engagement ring, the prosecutor said, and told various people he’d been promised thousands of dollars for her killing.

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