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Mother Testifies at Hearing in Deadly Ax Attack

LAS VEGAS -- The woman who watched her baby die in a violent ax attack is speaking out for the first time. Sandra Lisset Castro testified during the preliminary hearing for accused killer Harold Montague on Monday.

Castro was pushing her four-month-old son, Damian, in a stroller on February 11, when she walked in front of Montague's home. That is when police say Montague ran out of the house and attacked Castro and her son with an ax.

Through tears and a translator, Castro recalled the events of that February afternoon. "I was begging him to please stop, to let me go, and he was mocking me," Castro testified. "Every time, he would hit me. He would laugh out loud… I was saying to him in English, 'Please, please, leave me alone.' But, he wouldn't listen to me… all I was thinking about was my baby."

2 Men Indicted in Murder of Hooters Hotel Worker

LAS VEGAS  -- Two men are due for arraignment Wednesday following their indictment on kidnapping, robbery, sex assault, murder and other charges in the January abduction and slaying of a Hooters casino restaurant worker.

Police believe 38-year-old Gregory Hover and 18-year-old Richard Freeman are responsible for a string of violent crimes in January, and prosecutors are expected to consider seeking the death penalty against them.

A Clark County District Court grand jury handed up an indictment Friday charging Hover and Freeman in the slaying of 21-year-old Prisma Ivette Contreras.

The two men also face murder, attempted murder and other charges in the separate slaying of a 64-year-old man and wounding of his wife during a home-invasion robbery in January. A preliminary hearing in that case resumes April 29.

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Defendant Takes Plea in Javon Walker Robbery Case

LAS VEGAS  -- A co-defendant in the robbery and beating of former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker almost two years ago has taken a plea deal in Las Vegas.

Arfat Abdo Fadel pleaded guilty Friday to robbery, second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy in the attack that left Walker unconscious and injured early June 16, 2008, a block off the Las Vegas Strip.

Prosecutor Joshua Tomsheck says 32-year-old Fadel is expected to serve at least two years in prison and could face up to 15 years at sentencing June 28.

The state dropped a first-degree kidnapping charge carrying the possibility of life in prison. Trial for Fadel's co-defendant, 42-year-old Deshawn Thomas, begins with jury selection Tuesday. Walker, now 31 and an unsigned free agent, is expected to testify as early as Wednesday.

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I-Team: Alleged Sex Club Sues Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The sound of the whip cracking across the bare skin was only muffled by the pulsing techno music coursing through the speakers. Low light hid the master walking around his subject. Another Saturday night in Las Vegas at Power Exchange.

The I-Team first exposed the inner workings of the adult sex club in April of 2009. Now a year later, the club's operator has been cited and a federal lawsuit against Clark County could make sex clubs more accessible than ever before.

Michael Powers runs the club and during the I-Team's first visit, he said the alternative lifestyles deserve a safe haven out of the shadows. "It's like the Elks Club or the Lions, kind of club for extreme interests, perverse interests or bizarre interests," he said.

Metro cited Powers last year for violating the "sex club" ordinance, which is a zoning law banning sex activity like swinging or social encounters.

Accused Murderer Charged in Prison Attack

LAS VEGAS -- Authorities say a Las Vegas process server awaiting trial in two murder cases is now facing new charges.

Police say 48-year-old Gregory Lee Hover was cutting another inmate's hair when he used the scissors to cut the man's back.

Hover has now been moved to a jail isolation unit and faces a new charge of battery by a prisoners with the use of a deadly weapon.

Hover is also facing murder charges for the death of a 64-year-old homeowner. He and his alleged accomplice, 18-year-old Richard Freeman are accused of shooting and killing Julio Romero during a home invasion robbery.

They are also accused in the murder and sexual assault of 21-year-old Primas Contreras. Police say Hover and Freeman kidnapped her after she left her job at Hooters Hotel-Casino. Her body was found in a burned out jeep in the desert near Boulder City.

Police Release Suspect Descriptions in Jewelry Store Robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Police are investigating a robbery and shooting at the jewelry store near Western and Sahara. Shots rang out just after 1 p.m. while customers and employees were inside shopping.

Just after the lunch hour, two robbers tried to rob the place, and in the process, an employee was shot. The employee was rushed to nearby UMC, but there's no word on the patient's condition.

The Jewelers is a longtime jewelry store popular with locals and tourists alike, and police say the store was busy when the bullets started flying.

"I'd be pretty shaken if that happened if I was trying to shop for jewelry," said Metro Robbery Sgt. Paul Gambini.

One suspect is described as a 6'0" black male, 30 to 35 years old with a tall, medium build. He was wearing a black Washington Nationals ball cap, dark sunglasses, black t-shirt, grey jacket and grey pants. He was armed with a chrome semi-automatic handgun.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty

LAS VEGAS -- Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a California man charged with sexually assaulting and strangling a Las Vegas woman at her home in January.

The Clark County district attorney's office made the announcement Wednesday. Derrick Valentine is charged with a count of murder and two counts of sexual assault in the Jan. 22 death of 35-year-old Melodie Walker. The 37-year-old Valentine has pleaded not guilty. A hearing in the case is set for April 7.

Valentine is from Pasadena, Calif. He's accused of killing Walker after she tripped a burglar alarm trying to escape during what Valentine allegedly told police was forced sexual contact. The coroner ruled Walker was strangled. Valentine is being held at the Clark County jail.

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