A man in Nevada has been charged with murder after cops discovered a body stuffed inside a suitcase at the home where another woman says she was sexually assaulted after being kidnapped.
Morgan Amaya, 22, was found dead at the Las Vegas home from a gunshot wound to her head, the Clark County coroner’s office said.
Police made the discovery after a woman approached court marshals at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas and alleged she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by 55-year-old Gary Walker.
Walker had reportedly been attending the court with the woman.
She reportedly told detectives that the suspect had killed another woman at the home, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Walker was detained, and police raided his home and discovered Amaya’s body inside a suitcase.
He was later arrested on charges of murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and sexual assault.
Nicole Marie, Amaya’s sister-in-law, told News 3 that she had been trying to fight a drug addiction and take custody of her one-year-old daughter.
She said Amaya had recently separated from her husband and she had thought Walker was a friend who was letting her stay with him.
‘She was a loving and caring person. We were family,’ she said. ‘I’m mad. I’m sad. She deserved way better.’
‘Homicide detectives responded to the residence where a deceased female was found in a suitcase,’ the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement Thursday.
Walker attended court on Thursday, where prosecutors alleged that he murdered one woman and raped another multiple times.
They recommended that Walker be detained without bail while his case goes through court, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The defense requested high-level monitoring, saying that Walker has lived in Nevada and kept a job for six years.
Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure said Walker has seven felony convictions – including one of escape – and 14 misdemeanor convictions in other states. He denied the request for high-level monitoring, and detained Walker without bail.
Walker is scheduled to appear again in court on Monday morning.