- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A convicted panderer was indicted Thursday on charges that could get him the death penalty in a car-to-car shooting that killed two California women and critically wounded a man near the Las Vegas Strip.

Omar Jamal Talley would have faced a public airing of evidence at a preliminary hearing, but a judge scheduled him for arraignment May 19 in state court after a grand jury indicted him on murder, attempted murder and multiple felony weapons charges.

Talley’s lawyer, William Skupa, said he plans to plead not guilty.

Police and prosecutors say an argument in a parking structure at the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood resort preceded the Feb. 19 shooting that killed Melissa Mendoza and Jennifer Chicas and wounded Jerraud Jackson. Authorities said the three were visiting Las Vegas from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson is expected to decide in coming weeks whether Talley, 30, will face the death penalty.

Police haven’t said what prompted the fight. But security video showed the three victims drive away with Talley following in another car.

Talley told investigators following his arrest that he was drunk and high on marijuana and didn’t recall leaving the parking garage after a fistfight with Jackson, according to a police report.

The shooting happened a few minutes later, about 1:30 a.m., on Harmon Avenue, before the car with Mendoza, Chicas and Jackson in it rolled to a stop at a valet stand at the nearby Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.

Records show that Talley was convicted in 2010 of three felony pandering and child abuse charges in a case alleging that he was a pimp. He served about five years in Nevada state prison on a 3½-to-10 year sentence before being paroled in 2015.



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