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Police: Slaying suspect forced girlfriends into prostitution

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A man serving prison time for a California battery charge was booked into Clark County Detention Center on Tuesday on a murder charge connected to a 2006 Las Vegas slaying.

According to Clark County Courts, Shaun Leflore, 32, was transported from the California prison system to Las Vegas on a charge of open murder. He had been serving time at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi, according to a warrant declaration.

In the declaration released Wednesday, Leflore was identified as the suspect in the December 2006 death of Chantell Hollowell. According to Las Vegas Metro's declaration, Hollowell's body was discovered by Leflore, who told officers he saw his estranged girlfriend shoot herself in their apartment.

Detectives, in the declaration, initially said the death appeared to be a suicide.

However, detectives opened a homicide investigation after authorities in Riverside, CA, provided a list of family and friends that were relevant to the investigation.

In the declaration, detectives interviewed Hollowell's friends and her mother, who said she would visit them with visible bruises. She would tell them, as witnesses told detectives in the report, that Leflore would physically abuse her.

A close friend of Hollowell told police, in the declaration, that she became an escort, but she was forced to give Leflore all of her money. Hollowell also confided in the friend, as described in the report, that he had several other girls working for him at the time.

Police, in the report, also talked to two people who had seen Leflore - one before he and Hollowell dated and the other after Hollowell's death.

Both gave similar accounts of meeting Leflore, which included him being nice and polite to them. That would all come before he battered them and forced them into getting a job or enter prostitution, the women relayed to police.

The women also told police separately Leflore would put a gun to their heads if they didn't do as they were told.

Leflore eventually was arrested in 2007 on charges related to threats he made to his girlfriend at the time. He was sentenced to 13 years in California state prison.

In talking to detectives last year, Leflore, in the report, denied causing Hollowell's death despite inconsistent statements made. For example, Leflore initially claimed Hollowell was suicidal and would cut herself. He later contradicted that statement by saying she never cut herself.

Detectives also described inconsistencies with his initial statement of how he found Hollowell, who was discovered lying front up. Crime scene investigators believe that if she had shot herself while trying to get off the floor, she would have fell frontward face down, according to the report.

Police also noted witnesses saying how calm Leflore was in notifying them of Hollowell's death.

Police issued the warrant for Leflore's arrest last December, about six years after Hollowell's passing.

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