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Las Vegas tunnel shooting leads to arrest

A 38-year-old man shot and killed another man in a Las Vegas tunnel while a woman watched, according to an arrest warrant issued Monday.

Donald Blodgett, 38, was arrested on Friday for murder in connection with the murder of Linal Morris, 41.

Morris was found dead on March 21 in a washout under Charlie Frias Park near South Decatur Boulevard and West Tropicana Avenue.

The woman told police she was staying at Blodgett’s encampment in the tunnel the night Morris was shot, according to the warrant. She awoke during a fight between Blodgett and Morris, which escalated, according to the warrant, when Blodgett shot her three times with a shotgun. The woman told police that Blodgett asked her to help move Morris’s body, but she refused.

Another witness told police he saw Blodgett go deeper into the tunnel a few days later to burn the body and then burn his camp, the warrant says. Police then went to Blodgett’s encampment and discovered that it had been set on fire.

Morris was first found after a ‘worried citizen’ called police to say his friend had passed him while fleeing from police in the tunnels. Witnesses also told police there had been a rumor that there had been a corpse in the tunnels for about a week.

Blodgett is being held without bond at the Clark County Detention Center. He is due in court on June 22.

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