Retrial Begins for Las Vegas Man in Slaying of Utah Tourist

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A retrial has begun in Las Vegas for man charged in the bludgeoning death of a Utah tourist who authorities say went to one of the city's roughest neighborhoods to buy drugs.

28-year-old Shod Walker is accused of killing former model Simone Hirst in April 2003 outside a low-budget downtown motel.

His first trial ended in a mistrial after a juror reported going home and using a rock and coconut to simulate the bludgeoning that prosecutors say killed Hirst.

Hirst was from Park City, Utah, and once worked for a modeling agency in Paris.

She was celebrating her 39th birthday at a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino when she fought with her boyfriend and took a taxi downtown.

Police said she wanted to buy crack.

Prosecutors say Walker confessed to a heroin addict that he killed Hirst -- and later gave conflicting statements to Las Vegas police.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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