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Police: Suspect paid $600 to murder fireman's wife

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A man who was charged in the slaying of a Las Vegas woman had been initially paid $600 by her husband to carry out the murder, an arrest report indicated Thursday.

Las Vegas Metro police announced on Wednesday the arrests of George Tiaffay and Noel "Greyhound" Stevens in connection to the death of Tiaffay's wife, Shauna.

According to police, 46-year-old Shauna Tiaffay was found dead inside her apartment just off Sahara Avenue near Interstate 215. In the report, police indicated George had found her body when he and his daughter arrived at her home just before 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 29.

George called 911, police said.

An autopsy later revealed Shauna had died of blunt force trauma as a result of an assault, according to police. The report showed Shauna tried to fight back. Police also indicated there were no signs of forced entry.

In the report, George told police he had been on-duty for 24 hours as a firefighter for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue up until shortly before finding Shauna's body.

Police were later notified by a resident in the area of Shauna's personal belongings being discarded along a mile trail near her home. Police said her cell phone and health card were among the items found.

The day after the slaying, police were tipped by a person who identified himself as a friend of Stevens. In the report, the friend said Stevens told him he was paid to commit a murder and that he used a hammer in the incident.

According to the report, Stevens had told the friend that he used the hammer so hard on his victim that the hammer broke. The friend also told police Stevens had on bloody clothes when they met-up well after the time of the slaying.

In the report, the friend described how Stevens and George Tiaffay watched the Palms Casino and Hotel, which was where Shauna worked, to carry out the attack.

Police were able to make contact with Stevens at a shopping center located a mile-and-a-half away from Shauna Tiaffay's home, according to the arrest report.

In an interview, Stevens told police he did odd jobs for George Tiaffay. He told detectives he knew a great deal about Tiaffay's personal life, including his estranged relationship with Shauna. Stevens, though, denied knowing about her death, police said.

In the report, Stevens showed police the tent he lived in near a flood retention basin on west Charleston Boulevard. Police said a woman's extra small black dress, a swim suit bottom, ski mask and sequins were found in the tent.

Detectives also located a small pair of boxers, fishnet stockings, cartoon-themed bandages and a label for a hammer just outside the tent. None of the items, though, had any blood, according to police.

In the report, detectives learned Shauna Tiaffay's home had been burglarized about three weeks before her death. Police said a wedding ring, earrings, women's underwear and other items were taken. Police also said the suspected burglar drank some vodka out of a bottle during the break-in.

Detectives believed the items found at the tent were connected to the burglary.

Police placed Stevens in custody for possession of a controlled substance after he was found with marijuana and other paraphernalia when he was interviewed by detectives.

Police also learned Stevens was previously arrested for possession of burglary tools about two weeks before Shauna's death.

Police also located a tent site that was classified as a second home for Stevens, in the area of Town Center Drive near Tropicana Avenue.

In the report, police found several articles of clothing that had blood on them. Police said DNA testing revealed some of the blood belonged to Shauna.

Police were also able to find paperwork in the name of Noel Stevens and several recently purchased items inside the tent

Detectives later searched phone records for cell phones belonging to Tiaffay and Stevens. Police said a number of calls were made between the two phones leading up to the murder, many of which were made in the area near Shauna's home.

Several phone calls were also made between Tiaffay's number and a phone number at a convenience store where Stevens hangs around.

Police later made contact with a convenience store clerk who said he helped pawn a ring for Stevens. In the report, the clerk told police he was paid $200 to pawn the wedding ring, which was later believed to be Shauna Tiaffay's ring. The clerk also admitted to driving Stevens to the Palms to cash chips.

According to police, Shauna Tiaffay would take home her casino chip tips from work, and detectives believed Stevens took them from her.

The clerk also told detectives that Stevens said he was going to commit a murder for $20,000.

In the report, police were also able to recover a duplicate house key that appeared to match the one that unlocked Shauna's apartment. Police believe George made a copy of the key for Stevens.

Also in the report, surveillance video from several area stores depicted Stevens and Tiaffay purchasing items, including a hammer, just before the day of the murder.

Just a couple of days before Tiaffay was placed in police custody, detectives learned he attempted to drive into a wall at a high rate of speed. Police believed he was attempting suicide.

In the report, a warranted search of Tiaffay's home produced a semi-automatic handgun and a box of ammunition. A receipt revealed the purchases were made two days before the murder, police said.

Detectives later caught up with George Tiaffay at University Medical Center on Oct. 10. In the report, Tiaffay admitted to deliberately crashing his vehicle into a wall. It was there that detectives placed him under arrest.

Both Tiaffay and Stevens were charged with murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit burglary.

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