Accused Stateline Casino Murderer Pleads Guilty in Court

Accused Stateline Casino Murderer Pleads Guilty in Court

According to a news report, the California resident who shot and killed a man at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe in Nevada recently entered a guilty plea in the 2023 murder case.

According to Reno, Nevada TV station KRNV, 25-year-old Edgar Delgado entered a guilty plea last week to first-degree murder with a dangerous weapon.

Has to Deal with Life in Prison

Thomas Viloria, Delgado's lawyer, disclosed the plea. Delgado might spend the maximum amount of time in prison—life. The time of his sentencing is not yet known.

Delgado was taken into custody in connection with Omar Reyes Garcia's killing on March 25, 2023, inside a bar at the Golden Nugget Lake Tahoe Hotel & Casino, a recently renamed gambling resort in Stateline, Nevada.

The 32-year-old Reyes Garcia suffered a head wound. Later on, he passed away at Lake Tahoe at Barton Hospital.

The two males got into a fight, which led to the shooting. Garcia and Delgado first connected at the Center Bar at Hard Rock. when a disagreement, Delgado shot Garcia three times with a 9 mm Glock when they got into a fight.

Delgado was arrested on a California highway several hours after the shooting while riding as a passenger in a Toyota 4Runner being driven by his 27-year-old girlfriend, Savannah Raquel Tautaupele. According to the officials, the two were trying to escape to Mexico.

Tautaupale was accused of being an accessory after the fact and of driving while intoxicated. What transpired with her charges is not immediately apparent.

Initial estimates indicate that between 50 and 100 officers responded to the casino since the event was thought to be an active shooter scenario.


Highway Closed, Casino

A piece of the casino facility and Highway 50 in both directions were briefly closed following the incident while authorities looked for the culprits. Every room within the casino was examined. Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office evacuated the hotel's north and Tahoe Towers, locked down the casino, and told patrons to stay indoors.

The incident also resulted in the temporary closure of Dotty's Casino in Stateline.

The shooting did not injure any further people. 

In a Twitter post, just hours after the shooting, casino officials announced “The Hard Rock has reopened after an incident this morning. Thank you to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies who skillfully handled the challenge and kept all guests and team members safe.”