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Las Vegas Strip Summer Homicide Count Rises To 4

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police acknowledge they should have reported a Las Vegas Strip fight that led to a man’s death shortly after a July 6 press conference declaring the tourist district safe.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports 25-year-old Randall Blackwell died July 16 of wounds he suffered in a July 9 stabbing in front of a store near Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.

Police spokesman Jay Rivera tells the newspaper the information was not immediately released to the media because Blackwell died a week after the fight. Rivera acknowledged that was an error.

Defendants Christopher McIntosh and Jerome Hopkins were first arrested on attempted murder charges. Prosecutors have charged them with murder.

Their next court hearing is set for August 1, 2011.

The death marks the fourth homicide on the Strip since June 25.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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