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2 arrested in motorist’s November slaying in northeast valley

Updated February 13, 2020 - 10:23 am

Two men arrested in the slaying of a woman shot while driving in northeast Las Vegas in November made their first court appearance Thursday morning.

Patricia C. Salas, 48, was slain Nov. 25. Her body was discovered in her vehicle following a crash around 5 a.m. near East Lake Mead Boulevard and North Lamont Street. Police said she was driving east on Lake Mead when she was fatally shot.

Clark County Detention Center records indicate Alvie Herrell, 23, and Christian Walker, 19, were booked on suspicion of open murder with use of a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit murder. Jail records and court proceedings Thursday morning indicate Herrell and Walker were arrested in the shooting of Salas, but no further details have been released about why police believe the two men are linked to the killing.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Bonaventure ordered the defendants held until bail can be addressed during a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday.

“Mr. Walker does have pending cases,” Bonaventure said. “He has a pending felony case pending preliminary hearing. He also does have prior convictions out of state, 2016, looks like the state of Illinois, for aggravated battery and a murder conviction. I don’t know the circumstances of that.”

The investigation of Salas’ slaying shut down East Lake Mead Boulevard for several hours. Authorities said Salas drove a quarter-mile after she was shot before crashing into a wall.

Contact Glenn Puit at gpuit@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0390. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter.

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