Troy White turned himself in to authorities after being named a suspect in his estranged wife’s death earlier that day. He is currently in custody and being questioned by authorities. Shot in the chest at her home near Alta and Buffalo, Echo White was transported to University Medical Hospital where she died. Her five children were in the house at the time of the shooting.
In another case, detectives named Alburto Gutierez as a suspect in the stabbing death of his wife. The children were also just feet away from the incident in their home.
Then there is Mario Alejandro Lopez, currently behind bars for stabbing his ex-wife Maria and their 15-year-old son. The teen has recovered, but Maria is still in critical condition at University Medical Center.
All of these cases, which occurred in the past month, are accompanied by another disturbing trend. The Shade Tree Shelter has been busier than ever as victims of domestic abuse have been lining up at the door. Over the past three months, there have been 1,500 new clients, most women and children seeking refuge from abusive relationships at home.
Marlene Richter, the Executive Director of the Shade Tree Shelter, elaborates on what has happened. “Nevada is number one in homicide rates for spouses killing their wives. It’s up to us to turn that statistics upside down. Children and families are at stake. Everyone needs to be watching for the warning signs, and willing to get help”
We understand that good people can make bad mistakes, and that domestic situations can get out of hand because of the emotion involved. If you or someone you care about has been arrested for domestic violence, contact us, let our team of Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers help you. Dealing with these charges without good representation can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. Let us help you through this difficult time.