Homicide on Sahara Avenue

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said a woman was killed by her husband Friday evening in the northwest valley

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said a woman was killed by her husband Friday evening in the southwest valley.

At about 4:28 p.m., police said a teenage boy called 911, saying he believed his mother was bludgeoned to death by his father at an apartment complex on 9500 block of West Sahara Avenue, near Fort Apache Road.

Lt. Ray Spencer said police made contact with the teen at a nearby gas station. He said his father hit his mother with a baseball bat. Officers put the boy into a squad car, then went to check on his mother. No one answered at the door, but officers went through an open bedroom window.

There, they found the woman in her 30s with an obvious head injury laying on a bed, next to her husband who appeared to be uninjured, Spencer said.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the woman as 31-year-old Zvjezdana Bencun, of Las Vegas. She died from "blunt force injury to the head," the coroner said. 

The husband was later identified as Slobodan Miljus, 37, by police. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for murder.

Slobodan Milijus

The woman had a faint pulse and was transported to University Medical Center. She was later pronounced dead by medical staff, according to police. Officers interviewed the man and his teen son. Spencer said officers found a baseball bat inside the apartment.

According to Miljus's arrest report, he told police he had reached "a breaking point" in his marriage after he found out his wife had been cheating on him for about eight years. A family member tried talking to him and convince Miljus to not kill his wife, but Miljus said his mind had been made up. On the day of the attack, Miljus said the "last straw" came when he tried to hug his wife and tell her that he loved her, but she pushed him away.

Miljus went to a nearby Walmart and purchased a baseball bat, a kitchen knife set, Gray Goose vodka and Red Bull, the report said. Miljus told police he drank on the drive home. When he got back to the apartment, Miljus struck his wife three times while she was asleep. He sat next to her body with a knife in his lap with the intention to kill himself, but was unable to, according to the arrest report.

Police said officers had responded to one prior domestic disturbance between the man and woman, at a different home.

Spencer reminded people that there are many resources out there, including the Family Justice Center, counseling, Safe Nest, and other free services to get help when going through domestic problems, in hopes of avoiding situations like these.

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