Authorities: Pahrump landlord arrested in death of a tenant

Published: Sep. 9, 2022 at 11:56 AM PDT
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PAHRUMP, Nev. — A Pahrump landlord accused of running over a tenant with a vehicle and dragging the victim on a road has been arrested, authorities said.

Nye County Sheriff’s officials said 70-year-old William Stanley remains jailed without bail on suspicion of an open count of murder.

It was unclear Thursday if Stanley has an attorney yet who can speak on his behalf.

According to authorities, Stanley and 66-year-old Frank Brink, also of Pahrump, got into an argument Tuesday.

Sheriff’s officials said Stanley allegedly ran over Brink with a vehicle and then tied the man to the bumper and dragged him at least a half mile.

“It was initially determined that the body had been drug to that location,” said Nye County Sheriff’s Captain David Boruchowitz.

The captain says investigators responded and followed a trail of blood and clothing to an address in Pahrump.

“Where it appeared the body drag began,” said Boruchowitz.

Authorities said Brink’s body was found on the side of the road and they were able to follow a trail of blood back to Stanley’s property.

Investigators identified the deceased man as Brink. The property owner is identified as Stanley.

A Declaration of Probable Cause and Detention obtained by FOX5 said Stanley admitted that he ran over the victim with his white Lincoln, killing the victim. And that “he tied a rope to the victim’s leg and to the back of Stanley’s white Suzuki and dragged the body to the area of where it was found,” read the document.

Deputies arrested Stanley for open murder and he was booked into the Pahrump Detention Center.

The Declaration of Probable Cause and Detention says a neighbor of Stanley told investigators several transients stay on the property and said they were exploiting Stanley for money.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.