Less than 3 weeks prior to Shauna Tiaffay was bludgeoned to death in her Summerlin apartment or condo, admitted hit man Noel Stevens asked an associate to pawn a diamond ring.
Earl Welch, who worked at a filling station on West Charleston Boulevard at the time of the Sept. 2012 slaying, affirmed Friday that he assisted Stevens, a homeless guy with no recognition, get $900 for the precious jewelry, however didn’t ask how he got it.
Prosecutors say Tiaffay’s other half, George Tiaffay, a former Las Vegas firefighter and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, conspired with Stevens then paid him $600 to eliminate the 46-year-old mom. Prosecutors allege that Stevens took the ring while making a dry run on the Summerlin apartment or condo prior to dedicating the murder.
The firefighter is on trial for murder, robbery, break-in and conspiracy charges, dealing with life in jail. Stevens has pleaded guilty to comparable charges and is to be sentenced next month. Tiaffay’s trial is expected to wrap up next week.
Not long after moneying in the ring, Stevens approached Welch once more as he left work and made a puzzling declaration.
“I will do an M,” Stevens informed Earl Welch. “It deserves $20,000.”
Welch affirmed Friday that he hadn’t understood Stevens long, but occasionally gave him rides, including a minimum of one in which he dropped Stevens off near the fireman’s home.
“I hope that’s not what I think you’re talking about,” Welch informed Stevens. “You’re getting yourself in a lot of trouble. … I hope it’s nobody I understand.”
Stevens responded: “Do not worry. You’ll review it in the papers.”
Then, just after Shauna Tiaffay was beaten to death, Stevens showed up with a bag of Palms gambling establishment chips, which he stated he picked up in a robbery.
Stevens affirmed previously today that George Tiaffay informed him to kill, however defense lawyer Robert Langford has actually tried to paint Stevens as a liar with mental health issues.
“I never ever take him seriously,” Welch said. “It’s not that I didn’t believe him. It’s just that Noel can be found in and talks all the time.”
Another buddy of Stevens, William Pennix, also has actually stated that he discovered Stevens undependable.
District attorneys said Stevens and George Tiaffay had actually been friends for several years. By late 2012, the firemen’s relationship with his spouse had actually fallen apart, and she told them they would not likely get back together.
Stevens testified that George Tiaffay first offered $1,000 for the hit. When the Las Vegas firemen upped the price to $5,000, Stevens stated, he listened better. Eventually, he said, he received just $600 prior to his arrest.
Stevens explained numerous different prepare for the killing. He eventually admitted to hitting Shauna Tiaffay a number of times in the head with a hammer after she returned house from work early on the morning of Sept. 29, 2012.
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