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Death of Senator Harry Reid's grand nephew ruled act of self-defense


Suspect Michael Lanunizata, 28, was arrested shortly after police arrived at the home Saturday morning. 8/27/16 (KSNV)
Suspect Michael Lanunizata, 28, was arrested shortly after police arrived at the home Saturday morning. 8/27/16 (KSNV)
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The woman claiming to have witnessed the murder of Senator Harry Reid’s great nephew is speaking out only to News 3 after the District Attorney dropped charges against the man responsible for Lamar Reid Jr’s death.

"I'm shocked and disgusted. I can't believe it. I believe it's a horrible injustice,” said Leah Hernandez, the victim’s girlfriend.

Leah Hernandez wonders "why" her former roommate Michael Lanunziata is a free man.

She tells us, she witnessed Lanunziata murder her boyfriend, 22-year-old Lamar Reid Jr.

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The shooting happened on August 27th at a Henderson townhouse off of East Paradise Hills and Interstate 515.

“Michael pulled out his gun and started shooting. I screamed stop your killing him and he kept on shooting,” said Hernandez.

District Attorney, Steve Wolfson, spoke about the case. He says Lanunziata actions are consistent with self-defense.

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Wolfson also tells us the physical evidence does not show murder and that Hernandez told Henderson Police that Lamar Reid Jr. had did not have a weapon.

"The crime scene itself shows the presence of a knife found. I believe under the body of the decedent which is 100-percent consistent with what the defendant claimed,” said District Attorney Wolfson.

Hernandez says Lanunziata broke into the townhome and started yelling.

“The police looked at the physical evidence and there was no sign of a forced entry. Again inconsistent with what the other eyewitness said,” District Attorney Wolfson.

Hernandez tells us she now fears for her life.

“The only peace I found in any of this, is that Michael would spend the rest of his life in prison. That's where he deserves to be. That's where he should be,” said Hernandez.

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"We have an obligation to only file charges in cases we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt and in this case, we didn't feel we could,” said District Attorney Wolfson.


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