California Man Arrested In Reno Murder

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A California man has been arrested on a warrant charging him in a 2003 fatal shooting, after genetic evidence recovered from a cigarette butt at the crime scene matched his DNA profile in a national database.

Deyundrea Holmes, 30, was booked into the Washoe County Jail on
suspicion of murder and robbery with a firearm and held without bail. Reno police detectives arrested him Thursday in a California county jail where he was being held on the warrant charging him in Kristopher Nelson's murder.

Holmes has not yet been assigned an attorney. He had just finished a prison term for a drug offense when he was arrested, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

He's accused of killing Nelson, 28, in a crystal methamphetamine robbery gone bad that occurred on Nov. 4, 2003 in Reno.

A second man was involved in the robbery, police said, and another man allegedly orchestrated robbing Nelson.

A man who was with Nelson when he was shot told police that he had driven Nelson to his recording studio on a November night in 2003, according to court records. The man said Nelson earlier sold crystal meth. Minutes later, as the pair walked back to their car, two armed men wearing dark clothing, hoods and black masks struck Nelson and later shot him.

Detective Wes Myers found Nelson's wallet and a recently burnt
cigarette butt that led to the DNA match.

A witness later told detectives that her boyfriend had arranged for Holmes and another man to do some work for him.

She said the men were supposed to "get some dope, some crystal,
but things didn't go so good. They just murdered, killed this fool, 'cause he didn't give up the dope they were supposed to get," according to court records.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-09-20-08 1828EDT


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