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Star witness to testify Monday in Griffith case

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LAS VEGAS - The prosecution’s star witness in the trial of Jason Griffith is scheduled to take the stand Monday.

Griffith’s roommate Louis Colombo is expected to testify. Griffith is accused of killing his girlfriend Debora Flores Narvaez, a Las Vegas dancer, dismembering her body and placing it in a plastic tub filled with cement.

Police say Colombo helped Griffith cover up the murder. Prosecutors granted Colombo immunity in exchange for his testimony against Griffith.

During the first day of the trial, jurors heard from Flores Narvaez’s sister Celeste Flores Narvaez. She testified that she called Griffith after her sister disappeared. She says he didn't seem concerned about Debora’s whereabouts.

On Friday, a woman Griffith used to date testified. Kalae Casorso said Griffith asked her if he could hide Debora’s remains in her house. Casorso says she refused to help Griffith.

During cross examination, the defense questioned why Casorso did not call police after her encounter with Griffith. She said she didn't call police out of fear.

Las Vegas attorney and former federal prosecutor Charles Kelly says the prosecution has strong physical evidence against Griffith. Kelly says Colombo's testimony, however, may benefit the defense.

"The prize is that the defense is able to argue that this is purchased testimony, that the witness would, got, a free pass in order to testify," he said.

Kelly says the defense will likely emphasize the victim's volatile relationship with Griffith as evidenced during the defense’s opening statement Thursday. The public defender said Flores Narvaez was aggressive and stalked Griffith.

Griffith is charged with first degree murder. His trial resumes Monday at 10:30 a.m.

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