Jury finds man guilty in fatal 2013 Las Vegas Strip fireball case

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Closings set in trial in fatal Las Vegas Strip fireball.

LAS VEGAS — Prosecutors have cast a self-styled pimp accused of killing three people as a cold and calculating triple murderer, while defense attorneys say he was defending himself when he shot into a moving sports car and triggered a fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip. Closing arguments Monday before a Nevada state court jury will invoke the stunning scenes of an early Feb. 21, 2013, fireball in front of the Caesars Palace and Flamingo resorts — and the memories of an aspiring rapper, a taxi driver and a tourist from Washington state killed in the carnage.

Harris is accused of firing from a Range Rover SUV into a Maserati, mortally wounding 27-year-old Maserati driver, Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., after exchanging words as both vehicles left a casino valet stand following a hip-hop concert at a rented nightclub in the posh Aria resort. Video showed, and witnesses described, the Range Rover and Maserati jockeying for position in a tire-squealing chase between stoplights on neon-lit Las Vegas Boulevard. Jurors haven’t been told that Harris was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 16 years to life in prison for raping and robbing an 18-year-old woman at a Las Vegas condominium in June 2010.

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