North Las Vegas man may have been beaten to death a few days before police called
NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
UPDATE, Nov. 5 | The Clark County coroner's office has identified the man killed as 34-year-old Jonathan Fernando Tica of North Las Vegas.
Tica died from multiple gunshot wounds, and his death has been ruled a homicide, according to the coroner's office.
ORIGINAL | An unidentified 38-year-old man may have been bludgeoned to death two to three days before his death was reported by his 48-year-old live-in girlfriend Wednesday.
Parichart Hall faces an open murder charge in the death of the man, who has not been identified.
Hall was arrested at 4:20 a.m. Nov. 1, several hours after police responded at 2:52 p.m. Oct. 31 to the 4400 block of Summer Glen Lane, near East Lone Mountain Road and North Decatur Boulevard, about a deceased man .
The North Las Vegas police report indicates officers found a bloody crowbar and hatchet near the body.
They did not find anybody else inside the residence, but did find Hall outside swatting chickens with a fly swatter.
The report says she told police that the victim was playing a joke on her and was trying to scare her. When asked how long the man had been laying in the laundry room "playing a joke on her" Hall told them he been in the same spot for approximately two to three days.
After getting a telephonic search warrant, officers entered the residence and found the victim laying on his back in a large pool of blood with blood droplets that ran between the hallway, through the laundry room and into the garage indicating he walked around the area prior to his death.
The report goes on to say that Hall told officers that she suffers depression but did not take her medications.
During an interview, Hall insisted that the victim was playing a joke on her and faking his death. She told police the blood was chicken blood.
She said they had been dating five years. She did not offer any explanation about the death.
The suspect's mother said in an interview with police that she called to tell her daughter that she planned to visit, but was told the house was too dirty, an excuse she had never given before. The mother finally was allowed to visit and Hall showed her the body.
The Clark County coroner’s office will release the identity of the victim after relatives have been notified.
Hall made her first court appearance Friday and is being held without bail at the Las Vegas City Jail. She has another court date next week.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.