LAS VEGAS — Defense attorneys Tuesday wondered if the Las Vegas Strip mass shooter’s Filipina girlfriend was unfairly being singled out after police lawyers claimed in court that criminal charges may still be in the case.
Las Vegas attorney Craig Drummond described the police statement as “bold when the only person whose name or inference has been put in the news is [the mass killer’s] girlfriend,” the Las Vegas Review Journal reported. https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/lawyers-claim-puts-attention-on-las-vegas-shooters-girlfriend/
Marilou Danley was initially considered a person of interest after her boyfriend, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on a concert on October 1 from his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay room, killing 58 people before fatally shooting himself. But she agreed to cooperate and has publicly said she had no knowledge of his bloody plans.
Stephen Paddock’s Filipina Australian girlfriend, Marilou Danley, is expected to face questioning upon her return to the United States from the Philippines. FACEBOOK
SAN FRANCISCO — Investigators are examining a $100,000 wire transfer Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock sent to an account in the Philippines that “appears to have been intended” for his girlfriend Marilou Danley, a senior U.S. homeland security official told Reuters on Tuesday.
Law enforcement authorities hope to get some answers from Danley, who returned to the U.S. Tuesday night and was met by FBI agents at the airport in Los Angeles.
The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was being quizzed by FBI agents today in the hope she will reveal the motive behind the shooting spree that left 59 people dead at a country music concert.
Marilou Danley, 62, was met by federal investigators when she touched down at Los Angeles Airport on a flight from the Philippines.
The US authorities remain baffled why Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant with no criminal record and no history of violence, would plan and carry out the worst mass shooting in American history.
While Ms Danley was not formally arrested, she was described as ‘a person of interest’ by Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, whose department is leading the investigation.
A federal law enforcement official earlier said two rifles were outfitted with scopes and set up on tripods in front of two big windows. Another official said that among the weapons were AR-15-style assault rifles. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge details of the investigation.
Sheriff Lombardo said that Mr. Paddock brought at least 10 suitcases into his hotel room over a period of time.
The sheriff said that Mr. Paddock fired through his hotel room door at security guards, striking one in the leg. The guard is still alive, he said. SWAT officers went in after the guard was shot.
In addition to the weapons at the hotel, the sheriff said the police retrieved 19 firearms, as well as explosives, several thousand rounds of ammunition and “electronic devices” from Mr. Paddock’s home in Mesquite,
Laurel Harper remembered her 26-year-old son as perpetually mad at the world.
“I mean, he was born angry, pretty much,” said the mother. “I mean, even the doctor said this is one angry baby.”
At age 5, he tried to jump out of her moving car, she said. In his later years, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, which can limit social development and lead to behavioral meltdowns.He took medications but by age 18 gave them up because of side effects.
He continued to rage. “I would just try to, try to, like, defuse,” she said. “And there was one time when he pointed a shotgun at me.”
She calmly talked him down. She never called the police then or other times because she didn’t want him to go to jail.
“I was just too weak or something. I just couldn’t do it.”