Vegas Man Charged in Slaying of Utah Tourist

Vegas Man Charged in Slaying of Utah Tourist

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(Las Vegas-AP) -- A Las Vegas man is charged with killing a Utah tourist after police say the victim left a hotel on the Strip and went to one of the city's roughest neighborhoods to buy drugs.

25-year-old Shod Walker was arrested yesterday -- two weeks after the slaying of 39-year-old Simone Hirst.

She was a former model from Park City, Utah, who was found bludgeoned to death a few blocks east of downtown's Fremont Street Experience casino.

Police say Hirst was intoxicated and quarreled with her boyfriend before leaving him early April 28th at the Bellagio hotel-casino.

They say she took one taxi to Binion's Horseshoe hotel-casino -- and another to 15th and Fremont streets to buy crack.

That's where police say she met Walker.

Hirst's body was found a few hours later in an alley.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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