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Wife of Murder Suspect Says Husband Was Defending Himself

Wife of Murder Suspect Says Husband Was Defending Himself

The wife of a Florida high school football coach being held on a murder charge said Friday her husband was defending himself when he threw a single punch that authorities say killed a Utah man in a Las Vegas Strip casino.

Benjamin Hawkins, 37, pleaded not guilty Friday during a brief appearance before a Las Vegas judge. The judge scheduled a Tuesday bail hearing and set a July 21 date to hear evidence in the early Wednesday slaying of John Massie, 46, of Roy, Utah.

"It just looked like he wouldn't leave my husband alone," Leticia Hawkins, 35, a banker from Gainesville, Fla., told The Associated Press outside the courtroom. "My husband was defending himself."

Man Dies After Being Stabbed on the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS - An altercation on the Las Vegas Strip left one person fatally stabbed Monday morning.

The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m.. Police say the victim and his friends were walking southbound on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan, when they encountered a group of Latino males.

An altercation ensued between the two groups. Police say one of the alleged suspects produced a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times.

The alleged suspects fled the scene, but were later apprehended. The victim, a Latino male, was transported University Medical Center where he later died.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

DUI Checkpoints Announced for Holiday Weekend

DUI Checkpoints Announced for Holiday Weekend

Local police plan a pair of DUI checkpoints over the Independence Day weekend.

The Metro Police Traffic Bureau, along with several Officers from Convention Center Area Command and Southeast Area Command, will be conducting a “Sobriety Checkpoint.” It is sponsored by the Joining Forces Grant from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

Officers from throughout Nevada will take part in this event to focus attention on both the drug- and/or alcohol-impaired driver. Special emphasis will be placed on the drugged driver as trained Drug Recognition Expert Officers will be evaluating impaired drivers.  

One checkpoint will be set up from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday within the Convention Center Area Command in the central area of Las Vegas, on Paradise Road just north of Tropicana Ave. Previous checkpoints at this location have been extremely successful in prior years.

Man Arrested in Strip Stabbing Death

LAS VEGAS -- A man has been arrested in a fatal stabbing that occurred on the Las Vegas Strip early Saturday morning.

Police arrested 25-year-old Victor M. Quijano for the murder and attempted murder of two men.

Police say they were called to a fight on the walkway between MGM Grand and the New York, New York casinos. When they arrived, they found two men stabbed. Both were transported to University Medical Center, where one died. The second man is expected to recover.

Quijano has been charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon. He is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday.

Man Fatally Stabbed on Las Vegas Strip Early Saturday Morning

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating a stabbing that left one man dead and another man seriously injured on the Las Vegas Strip early Saturday morning.

According to police, around 4:15 a.m. officers were called to the walkway between MGM Grand Hotel and the New York New York Hotel for a fight involving several suspects and a possible stabbing victim. When officers arrived, they found two Latin men on the walkway suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Both men were transported to University Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead. The second victim was taken into surgery and is expected to survive his wounds.

Officers were able apprehend two suspects in the area where the stabbing took place and took them both into custody. Both are being interviewed by homicide detectives and police expect arrests to be made.

WATCH: The Arts Take Center Stage

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is transforming into a cultural mecca, and this weekend, 8 News NOW takea you inside as the arts take center stage.

From the new Smith Center for Performing Arts, to the Neon Boneyard and Arts District, Las Vegas is doing more with arts and theater than ever before.

8 News NOW and our Community Pride sponsors will be the first to take you through the new buildings and give you a sneak peak at what's to come in the next year in our special.

Las Vegas Judge's Son Pleads Guilty in Bellagio Heist

LAS VEGAS  -- The 29-year-old son of a Las Vegas judge entered a guilty plea for a heist last December that netted him $1.5 million in chips from the Bellagio casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Anthony Carleo appeared Tuesday before a Nevada judge to accept the plea deal and plead guilty to reduced charges.

As part of the agreement, Carleo is expected to plead guilty in a separate robbery last December at the Suncoast casino in northwest Las Vegas. That was five days before the Bellagio heist.

Carleo is the son of Las Vegas Municipal Judge George Assad. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Carleo could face three to 54 years in prison for the two cases.

The judge set sentencing for Aug. 23.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)