Wife of Slain Poker Player Indicted on Murder Charge in Las Vegas

A woman accused of stabbing her poker player husband to death in an exclusive Las Vegas condominium has been indicted on a murder charge that could get her life in prison if convicted, authorities said.

Jill Rockcastle, 49, remained Thursday in the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending arraignment May 31 in the slaying of William Gustafik, 44, a former California chiropractor who became a Las Vegas poker pro under the moniker "The Manipulator."

The indictment, handed up Wednesday in Clark County District Court, accuses Rockcastle of premeditated murder in the slaying, which was discovered April 13.

A police report filed with court documents says a lawyer in California directed Las Vegas police to find Gustafik's body in the blood-spattered master bedroom of a 23rd floor condo at the Panorama Towers just west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Bedding from the room had been washed, police said, but bloodstained pillows remained. A knife that police believe to have been the murder weapon was found in the trash beneath the building rubbish chute.

The newly opened complex, with twin 32-story towers, is reported to have such celebrity tenants such as Pamela Anderson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Gustafik and Rockcastle subleased a
unit from William Fry, a millionaire who owned several units in the building.

A friend of Rockcastle's later told investigators he got an e-mail from Rockcastle in which she said she forgot she had a butcher block knife in her hand when she struck out at Gustafik after he backed her into a bedroom during an argument, according to the police report.

Rockcastle was found unconscious three days later in a motel room in San Luis Obispo, Calif., after police received a tip that she sent confessional e-mails to friends and left a note in a car for her children. Police said in the report they believed she overdosed on unspecified medication.

She was hospitalized and later extradited from California to Nevada, where she has been held since May 4 without bail at the Clark County jail.

Rockcastle was being represented by the Clark County public defender's office, court records show.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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