LAS VEGAS (KXNT) — A 17-year-old suspect and his mother are behind bars in connection with a weekend fight that ended in the shooting death of a former Las Vegas high school, now Missouri State University football player, according to police.
Tianna Thomas and her son were arrested Tuesday, three days after the killing of 18-year-old Richard Nelson outside a home on the 4800 block of Sacks Drive last Saturday, a Las Vegas Metro Police statement reported.
Investigators said Nelson tried to assist a family member involved in a fight involving several women. Witnesses told police he pulled a person away from his sister when the teen suspect shot Nelson several times. Nelson was taken to Sunrise Hospital, were he was pronounced dead.
Thomas, 37, allegedly drove her son from the scene of the killing before police arrived.
The teen was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Hall on one count of murder. Thomas faces one count of being accessory to murder.
Nelson was a redshirt freshman last season at Missouri State. He was a standout star in both football and basketball at Las Vegas’ Chapparal High School before graduating in 2015.