Man arrested after report of kidnapping and body found in suitcase

Gary Walker, 55, of Las Vegas, Nevada [Image credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department]


On Thursday, February 6th, a woman approached a Marshall at the Las Vegas Regional Justice Center at about 9:15 a.m. and told the officer that she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a man that had accompanied her to court.


The woman, who has not been identified in any of the reports, pointed out the man accused and he was later identified as 55-year-old Gary Walker.


According to police, the woman directed detectives to a residence on Nellis Boulevard saying that Gary had killed another woman as well.


Detectives responded to the residence and discovered a woman's remains within a suitcase.  The woman has since been identified as 22-year-old Morgan Briel Amaya.  According to the Clark County Coroner, the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.


By 1:30 that afternoon, Walker had his first appearance in court before Justice Bonaventure.


The appointed public defender argued in favor of a monitored release, citing that Walker has lived in Las Vegas for six years and maintained employment during that time.  The prosecution, however, countered stating that Walker has already amassed seven felony convictions in other states including one for escape.


He has been ordered to be held without bond due to the charge of open murder.


Walker remains in the Clark County Detention Center on 11 felony charges; one of open murder, one charge of kidnapping, six charges of sexual assault, two charges of sexual assault with a deadly weapon, and an additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon with bias or hatred towards the victim.


According to the notes on the court records, Walker has already been through several public defenders citing conflicts.  His current defender is Attorney Cano, and he is due to appear back in court on February 25th  for a preliminary hearing.



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