Las Vegas police have arrested and charged a California man who allegedly said he woke up to his girlfriend “beaten, bloody, and dead.”
Justin Medof, 31, is facing charges of open murder in the death of his girlfriend, Stephanie Duarte, 30, who died from apparent head injuries on July 12.
According to a police report obtained by KLAS, the Clark County Fire Department received a call around 8:15 a.m. about a “suspicious incident” at the Home2 Suites. Medof reportedly told them he woke up and found the room all bloody with Duarte beaten and dead.
When police arrived, they said that they walked in to find Medof performing chest compressions on Duarte’s naked body. They took him to another room while officers and paramedics attempted to save Duarte’s life. IT was already too late.
One of the officers noted that her jaw was locked therefore he could not perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
In a report obtained by KVVU-TV, Medof allegedly told police that he and Duarte had gotten into an argument the night before. He left her on Freemont Street and returned to the hotel alone.
Surveillance footage captured Medof returning to the hotel around 2:12 a.m. and Duarte arrived shortly at around 2:25 a.m. A few guests told investigators that they heard loud noises that sounded like a couple arguing and furniture moving.
Once taken into custody, Medof refused to answer any more questions without an attorney.
His lawyer, Robert Draskovich, has urged the public not to jump to conclusions.
“You never take a police report at face value,” he said “We are now beginning our own investigation, and we expect there to be more to this story.”
Draskovich also pointed out that his client is currently studying law
Meanwhile, Duarte’s family and friends are still mourning the loss of a woman who was described as thoughtful and family-oriented.
“A person who loved life; a person who was always ready for adventure, loving, thoughtful,” says Andrea Duarte, Stephanie’s sister.
A memorial fund has been set up by friends and family.