Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | 11:14 a.m.
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An 18-year-old man charged in the May stabbing death of another man in the parking lot of a Las Vegas Strip hotel pleaded not guilty this morning to a charge of murder with a deadly weapon.
Tanner Rousseau, of Arlington, Wash., was arrested May 6 after Metro Police officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the parking lot of the Tropicana. Rousseau has been free on bail and waived his right to a speedy trial Wednesday morning.
A jury trial was set for 9 a.m. Oct. 26 in Clark County District Court.
At about 4:12 a.m. on May 8, officers found Gregory Dominique, 35, of Cleveland, lying in the Tropicana's north parking lot with several stab wounds, police said. Dominique was taken to University Medical Center's trauma center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
According to police reports, Rousseau and a friend, Brandon Carmack, came into contact with Dominique outside the Tropicana to purchase drugs. Carmack learned after the transaction he had been left with an empty envelope, and a fight ensued. Rousseau assisted his friend by kicking Dominique in the genitals.
The teens thought the fight had ended when Dominique reignited it by hitting Rousseau in the head. Rousseau then stabbed Dominique several times before leaving the scene, police reports said.
About half an hour later, Rousseau turned himself in to an officer driving around the Tropicana looking for suspects, according to the police report.
Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.The Tropicana's five-acre pool complex stretches throughout the center of the the hotel/casino and remains it's most recognizable feature. It features swim-up blackjack during the summer months, a swim-up bar, dining areas and a wedding chapel. The Tropicana is also home to Brad Garrett's Comedy Club. For pre-show dining, take advantage of one the casino’s dinner and a show packages or just head over to Cafe Nikki, Biscayne Steak, Sea & Wine or Bacio Pasta & Vino.