- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The discovery of a bullet that police say lodged in a plastic table in a house where a former actor was shot and killed in 2013 has led to the arrest of a 57-year-old Las Vegas woman on murder and conspiracy charges.

Nobody realized the .38-caliber bullet was in the table until the son of the dead man, Charles Thomas Deishley, heard it rattle when he moved the table in June, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2f0Z0tj).

Police said the bullet was badly damaged, but tests matched it to a handgun registered to Kelleen Cota, who was arrested Thursday at a residence in Las Vegas..

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Cota was being held without bail at the Clark County jail pending a court appearance on Monday. Her lawyer, Erick Ferran, said Friday that a state court judge previously dismissed allegations that his client was involved in Deishley’s death.

Records show that Cota and two co-defendants, Janette Anais Martinez and her brother, James Anthony Martinez-Amador, were indicted in August 2016 on racketeering, embezzlement, forgery, obtaining money under false pretenses and grand theft charges.

The three are accused of siphoning almost $1 million from Deishley’s financial accounts. They have pleaded not guilty. Trial is scheduled in February.

Police and prosecutors said Deishley, 70, was shot after questioning where money he thought he had invested was going. Police said he was found dead in a chair, with a television on and the TV remote in his lap.

Deishley acted for a decade in the “Star Trek” attraction at what was then the Las Vegas Hilton.

A friend, Kerstan Szczepanski, told the Review-Journal he was speechless but relieved to hear of Cota’s arrest.

The indictment in linked the three defendants to Deishley’s death, but no one was accused of murder until arrest warrants were issued Sept. 7 for Cota and Martinez-Amador, who faces an aiding a felony offender charge. Records did not show Martinez-Amador in custody on Friday.

A police report said detectives found a .38-caliber pistol registered to Cota during a September 2015 search of Martinez-Amador’s house. It said Janette Martinez told police in July that Cota had given the gun to Martinez-Amador.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, https://www.lvrj.com

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