Las Vegas — Details were being kept very quiet about the South Point Casino murder and information is now starting to emerge on what happened on the night of Dec. 16 when a man was found dead in a hotel room at the South Point Hotel and Casino.
When police responded to the South Point after receiving a call for assistance, a foreign exchange student, Matejs Balodis, was already taken into custody by hotel security.
Balodis, 22, a Latavian citizen, was studying in Texas.
He was supposedly on his way home for the holidays and had a layover in Las Vegas.
He said that when his flight to New York was cancelled, he met a 55-year-old man, Sherman Dale Lamb, who offered to assist him.
Lamb allegedly arranged for Balodis to get a hotel room at the South Point and, it appears, that both men were staying in the hotel room.
It has not been disclosed if the men were involved in a sexual relationship.
According to Balodis, he had provided some of his personal information to Sherman.
Ultimately, he came to believe that Sherman wanted his money.
When he attempted to get the information back, the men became involved in an altercation.
The altercation turned physical and Balodis, who claimed her was fearful for his safety, defended himself and hit Sherman in the head the face.
When Sherman passed out, Balodis dialed 911.
Police went to the hotel room and found Sherman unconscious. He was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead.
Balodis has been arrested on a charge of open murder.
The open murder charge means that Baldois can an face homicide charges that range from manslaughter all the way up to first degree murder.
The South Point Casino murder suspect is scheduled for a hearing on Dec. 18.