Monday, June 3, 2013 | 2:01 p.m.
A 75-year-old woman found dead in her northwest Las Vegas home in May was beaten with a pistol and shot in the head during a robbery, according to police reports.
Jean Main was found dead the morning of May 21 at her home in a gated community on Green Pasture Avenue near Lone Mountain Road and Durango Drive, with her home apparently burglarized. Metro detectives learned that a laptop, Kindle Fire, Main’s purse, $800 and several other items were missing from the house.
DNA samples of blood found in the house helped lead police to Bayzle Morgan, 21, Las Vegas. Though Morgan denied any involvement in the crime, subsequent interviews with those close to him led to his arrest Friday on several counts including murder and kidnapping in connection with the fatal robbery. Police also arrested 41-year-old Keith Smith on counts of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
Police reports indicated Morgan entered the home and forced Main into a bathroom after firing a shot to the floor. Main, who was in poor health and required the use of an oxygen tank, then was struck several times in the head with a pistol before being shot in the head.
After interviewing several of Morgan’s friends, police believe Morgan along with friend Smith had intended to rob the house. Morgan and Smith drove to the home early in the morning on May 21. Smith stayed outside as the getaway driver, but Smith fled after hearing two gunshots.
Smith returned with Morgan’s girlfriend and another man to pick up Morgan and divvy up the take. Morgan told Smith something had gone wrong and he had “pistol-whipped a judge.”
Police found several items resembling those taken from Morgan’s bedroom, including a Kindle Fire. The computer tablet had the same serial number as the one from Main’s residence.
A court hearing for Morgan is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday. Smith’s hearing is set for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
In 2010, Morgan pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving or transferring stolen vehicle, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of upwards of $10,000.