LAS VEGAS – A Navy SEAL stands accused of fifteen felonies, after what police are calling “random attacks” on the Las Vegas Strip. In March 2010, Luke Shawley was caught on camera in a violent, bloody rampage, swinging a metal pipe at unrelated tourists, both men and women, who crossed his path.
Shawley’s attorney Ross Goodman tells 8newsnow.com that his client began an ordinary evening with friends at the Venetian, first having dinner, then drinks at Tao nightclub.
Shawley admits to drinking eight or nine cocktails that night, then at around 3:30 in the morning, according to the website, he suddenly went berserk.
Metal pipe in hand, Shawley hit anyone he came across, including a woman in her sixties.
Shawley next returned to the nightclub, where he was eventually subdued by Metro Police and subsequently taken to University Medical Center. Tests reportedly showed he was intoxicated, with a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal driving limit.
Goodman says the only possible explanation is that someone inside the nightclub spiked Shawley’s drink.
Although UMC lab results from a urine analysis did not detect drugs in his system, subsequent hair testing confirmed the presence of GHB and Hydrocodone
Despite undeniable evidence like the surveillance footage, Goodman hopes to persuade a jury that Shawley should keep serving his country as a Navy SEAL, and serve no time behind bars.
A trial date is set for August 1, 2011. Shawley is still an active duty Navy SEAL stationed in Coronado, California.