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Man's slaying at barbecue possibly gang-related

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According to an arrest report, Ronald Stampley, pictured, was accused of punching Kary Wells three times in the head and stomping him while he was collapsed. (LVMPD) According to an arrest report, Ronald Stampley, pictured, was accused of punching Kary Wells three times in the head and stomping him while he was collapsed. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A Las Vegas man who was beaten to death while barbecuing mentioned his former gang affiliation before he was struck in the head by another person, an arrest report revealed.

Las Vegas Metro police said 23-year-old Ronald Stampley is suspected in the slaying of Kary Wells, 37, on Feb. 1.

In an arrest report made available Wednesday, Stampley, as witnessed by Wells' neighbors, was identified as the person who landed three punches to the victim's head.

Citing several accounts, the report said Wells had been barbecuing in an outdoor area of the Las Residencia Apartment complex in the 2900 block of E. Charleston Boulevard with a couple of neighbors.

According to the report, Wells, as stated by one of his neighbors, mentioned he had been a "Blood" gang member just as Stampley and another man walked by him.

At least two of the witnesses in the report said Stampley stated being a "Crip", but another stated him being a "Blood".

The report said Stampley approached Wells, exchanged words with him and punched him, causing the victim to collapse.

Several accounts in the report stated Stampley stomped on Wells' head before he and another man fled on foot. Police said Stampley had been pursued by Wells' neighbor's husband, but they fled from the area.

Wells was not breathing after the hits and was transported to Sunrise Hospital, where he later died, police said.

In a number of interviews, including those with a complex maintenance worker and the person whom Stampley was visiting at the complex, Stampley was stated as not feeling well after the incident, even to the point of being unable to sleep.

The report also states Stampley's girlfriend saying the suspect told her to say he did not instigate the incident and the strikes were in self-defense.

Police executed an arrest warrant for Stampley on Feb. 14, according to the report. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of open murder.

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