- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 61-year-old man who was arrested after he told police he killed a woman Sunday at a Reno motel had been paroled from prison in November after serving more than 20 years for the 1988 murder of his fiancee in southern Nevada.

Zollie Edward Dumas, who suffers from a mental deficiency and also goes by the name Sabrina Starr Dumas, was granted parole last June and was released from prison on Nov. 12, according to Nevada Parole Board records reviewed on Monday by The Associated Press.

Dumas was booked into the Washoe County Jail on a parole violation Sunday after he told investigators he had killed the female occupant of a room at the Lucky Motel on East Fourth Street just east of downtown, Reno police said.

Police said they were called there about noon on a report of a domestic dispute and that Dumas surrendered to authorities. The name of the victim has not been released.

Dumas was being held Monday without bail as police continued to investigate. It was not clear if he had obtained a lawyer and jail officials said his initial court appearance had not yet been set.

Dumas was convicted in 1988 in the stabbing death of Angela Griffin of Henderson. He first was granted parole in 2009 but it was revoked the following year and he was returned to state prison, where he had been until November.

Police say he stabbed Griffin 24 times at a mobile home in Henderson on June 27, 1988. Officers were standing outside the home when the attack occurred. They had inspected the home and declared it vacant so she could safely pack her belongings to move away from the man she feared. But Dumas had been hiding behind a bathroom door and started stabbing Griffin before police heard her muffled cries for help.

His appellate attorneys argued he was borderline mentally disabled and the Nevada Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1995 because his original lawyer failed to argue his limited mental capacity made it impossible for him to commit first-degree murder under Nevada law requiring the killing be premeditated. A state psychiatrist testified at the hearing Dumas had “organic damage” to his intellectual capabilities, was illiterate with an IQ of 69 and functioned at about the third-grade level.

Dumas subsequently pleaded guilty in 1997 to second-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon as part of a plea bargain agreement. He was sentenced to five years to life for the murder charge, along with a five-to-life enhancement for the deadly weapon to be served following the end of the other sentence, but he was given credit for more than nine years already served.

The state parole board freed him of the second consecutive sentence in a ruling in April 1998. It denied his full parole requests in 2002, 2003 and 2006 before granting parole in April 2009 and releasing him from prison on June 23, 2009. Dumas violated his parole about 15 months later and he was returned to prison on Sept. 21, 2010, according to parole records.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide