Suspect in Las Vegas crash 'distraught,' attorneys say

By Michael Pearson

 Video evidence against the woman accused of running down pedestrians on a crowded Las Vegas sidewalk is "compelling," Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Wednesday, following the suspect's first court hearing since the deadly incident.

"It shows her traveling in traffic with many other cars and then, for whatever reason, making a right turn onto a sidewalk where there were many, many people walking, and her running over people and not stopping and continuing to drive," Wolfson said of suspect Lakeisha N. Holloway.

"This went on for many, many feet, hundreds of yards, and it's quite compelling," he said. "I think it speaks volumes for what she did."

Holloway, 24, will remain in jail pending arraignment for at least 30 days, on what one of her attorneys characterized as suicide watch.

She was charged Tuesday with one count of murder and one count of leaving the scene of an accident after the incident Sunday night.

She will likely face additional charges, probably attempted murder, Wolfson said. He did not know how many, but said it would be "multiple."

Defense attorney Joseph Abood requested that Holloway's arraignment be delayed pending further investigation into the incident.

"Just because she's charged doesn't mean she's guilty," Abood told reporters. "There are all kinds of possibilities that we have to look into to make a determination of what happened here. It's just too early to tell."

"It very well could be that this was anything but an intentional act," he told reporters after the hearing. "We just don't know yet."

Authorities have not offered a motive for Holloway's alleged actions, which left one person dead and 37 injured.

She told authorities that before the incident, she had been trying to rest in her car with her 3-year-old daughter, but kept getting run off by security guards, according to the arrest report.

Holloway is distraught, her attorneys say. She's being held under 24-hour surveillance on what one of her attorneys, Scott Coffee, said he would characterize as suicide watch.

Holloway, who legally changed her name to Paris Paradise Morton in October, had turned her life around after a troubled childhood, according to a 2012 video by the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, which helps at-risk youth with education and career training.

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