A California man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after his girlfriend was found dead in their Las Vegas hotel room.
The suspect says he was not involved and woke up to his girlfriend bloody and beaten, according to News 3.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police responded to a homicide reported around 8:10 a.m. on July 12 in the 4900 block of Dean Martin Drive, according to police.
When they arrived, police found an adult female victim suffering from blunt force trauma to the head.
A man, identified as Justin Medof, 31, was giving her chest compressions until medical personnel arrived, according to police.
Arriving officers took over chest compressions, but when medical first responders arrived, they pronounced the victim dead.
The medics noted to police that the body appeared to be in rigor mortis, according to the arrest report obtained by News 3. It appeared as though the victim had been dead for a few hours prior to the officers arriving, according to police.
Medof told police he was in an argument with his girlfriend earlier that night and returned to the motel. He said he went to sleep and woke up to find her unconscious and the room covered in blood, News 3 reported.
Homicide detectives got surveillance video from the hotel, which showed Medof arrive around 2:10 a.m. and the girlfriend arrived at the hotel about 15 minutes later, according to News 3.
A check on the room showed the door was opened around 2:30 a.m. and was not opened again until police arrived, according to the arrest report.
Police spoke with two people who stayed in the room next to Medof’s. They said they were woken up by loud noises between 2 and 3 a.m., and that it sounded like a man and woman fighting and furniture being moved around, News 3 reported.
A detective saw red marks on Medof’s rib cage, back, shoulders and knees, along with abrasions to his left bicep, left elbow, knees and the top of his right foot, according to the arrest report.
Medof said the abrasion on his bicep was old and tried to cover it with his hand, according to News 3.
When Medof was taken to the police headquarters, he stated he would not answer questions without an attorney, according to the arrest report.
Justin Medof was booked into Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of open murder.
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