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January 29, 2015

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Ex-boyfriend pleads not guilty in Jack in the Box shooting

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Kevin Marquette Gipson

The ex-boyfriend of a woman shot to death in March outside the Jack in the Box where she worked pleaded not guilty in district court Wednesday morning to a charge of murder in connection with the woman’s slaying.

Kevin Gipson, 26, was indicted last week on one count of murder with a deadly weapon in connection with the death of 22-year-old Brittney Lavoll, the mother of two of Gipson’s children. Lavoll was found shot at about 5:45 a.m. March 25 outside the Jack in the Box at 7510 W. Lake Mead Blvd., which is near Lake Mead Boulevard's intersection with Buffalo Drive.

She was taken to University Medical Center, where she died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Prosecutors said they intend to present the case to the death penalty review committee in the district attorney’s office later this month. Gipson’s attorney, Christy Craig, said she intends to present prosecutors with information about her client’s mental health issues, which she called “significant,” and said they should consider those issues when determining if pursuing the death penalty is appropriate.

Police developed Gipson as a suspect and interviewed him twice, the second time with the aid of a polygraph examiner, according to a Metro Police arrest report. Gipson eventually admitted to waiting in the bushes outside the restaurant for Lavoll before shooting her in the head, the report said.

He reportedly told police Lavoll had been giving him problems about seeing his children.

Court records indicate Gipson has prior convictions for attempted theft, a gross misdemeanor for which he served 30 days in jail in 2003. In 2006, he was sentenced to three years of probation for robbery and was dishonorably discharged, records show.

A trial date was set for Sept. 20.

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