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Murder charge dropped against student in Vegas hotel room death

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:43 p.m. HST, Dec 19, 2013



LAS VEGAS >> A murder charge was dropped and a student from Latvia was freed from a Las Vegas jail after claiming self-defense in a fight that left a man dead in a casino hotel room.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Thursday there was insufficient evidence to prosecute 22-year-old Matejs Balodis.

Defense attorney Richard Schonfeld says Balodis planned to return to Europe after his release from jail.

Balodis was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Monday after 55-year-old Sherman Dale Lamb was found bloody and unconscious in a room the two checked into earlier that day at the South Point Casino.

Lamb died at a hospital.

Balodis told police he met Lamb during a travel layover at McCarran International Airport and fought Lamb after Lamb tried to rob him.







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Mei mei wrote:
Sounds like a trick that went awry ...
on December 19,2013 | 12:52PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Maybe you should re-read yesterday's story which as a little bit more background information regarding how the 2 met and what transpired.
on December 19,2013 | 02:30PM
islandinthesun wrote:
Lamb is a long time Las Vegas name...wonder if he's from the same family.
on December 19,2013 | 01:16PM
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