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Key witness takes stand in Las Vegas dancer slaying case

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LAS VEGAS - A key witness took the stand in the trial of a former boyfriend charged with killing, dismembering and trying to dispose of the body of a dancer in the Luxor hotel-casino's "Fantasy" revue. Louis Colombo has been mentioned every day in the trial of Jason Omar Griffith for the 2010 slaying of 31-year-old Debora Flores Narvaez. On Tuesday, the jury saw him in court for the first time.

One of the first things prosecutors asked him to do was to demonstrate the way he saw Griffith and Narvaez fighting the day she died.

Colombo told the jury he was forced to break up Griffith and Narvaez, pulling Griffith off of her. Shortly, after he broke up the fight, he left the house he shared with Griffith.

He also told they jury that he had seen them fight and make up many times before. So, he didn't think twice about leaving.

Colombo testified when he came back to the house, he found Griffith at home and Narvaez dead on the floor with a bag over her head. He told the jury that Griffith told him he put a plastic shopping bag over Narvaez' head to see if she was breathing, but she wasn't.

He then helped Griffith try to hide the body. They placed it in a plastic bin and filled it with concrete. Colombo says it got too heavy to move, so eventually they needed to buy sledge hammers and try to extract the body and dismember it.

Colombo says at first he was just the lookout, but Griffith wasn't strong enough to break the concrete

"Couple minutes later he knocks on the door and tells me he can't do it. I was like, 'what do you mean you can't do it?' He said, 'I can't do it, nothing is happening.' I was like, 'fine, I'll do it, just stand outside let me know if you can hear.'" Griffith told the jury.

On cross examination, Griffith's lawyers pointed out that Colombo knew of many other fights between Griffith and Narvaez where she was the aggressor.
They say Narvaez would stalk Griffith, and he killed her in self defense.

Metro Police detective Dean Ratez also testified about talking to Griffith about Narvaez. The prosecutors played a tape of that interrogation to the jury. 

"Did you kill Debbie?" Det. Ratez asked.

"No, I didn't kill Debbie," Griffith responded.

Ratez: "Not on purpose or on accident?"

Griffith: "Not on purpose or on accident."

Ratez: "You didn't strangle her to the point where she stopped breathing?"

Griffith "No, so like you're asking me these specific questions again, like..."

Ratez: "Did you leave her on the floor of the studio until you put her in a plastic container?" 

Griffith: "No! But I don't even understand where you're getting that from."

Prosecutors showed surveillance video from a Home Depot store that they say shows Griffith buying supplies to dispose of Narvaez's body. Griffith was arrested in January 2011 after police found Flores' remains in two concrete-filled containers. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Colombo received immunity in exchange for his testimony and telling police where Narvaez body was.
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