LAS VEGAS (AP) — A murder charge was dropped and a student from Latvia was ordered freed in Las Vegas after he claimed self-defense in a fight that killed a man in a casino hotel room.

A spokeswoman for Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson says the charge was withdrawn Thursday before 22-year-old Matejs Balodis was charged.

Defense attorney Richard Schonfeld says Balodis plans to return to Europe after his release from jail.

Balodis was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Monday after 55-year-old Sherman Dale Lamb was beaten into unconsciousness in a room the two checked into earlier that day at the South Point Casino.

Lamb died at a hospital.

Balodis told police he met Lamb during a travel layover at McCarran International Airport and fought Lamb after Lamb tried to rob him.


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