Hidden bullet leads to arrest in 2013 slaying of Star Trek show actor

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The discovery of a bullet that police say was lodged in a plastic table where a former actor was shot and killed in 2013 led to the arrest of a 57-year-old Las Vegas woman on murder and conspiracy charges.

Police traced the bullet to a gun registered to Kelleen Cota, who was arrested Thursday.

According to Metro Police, on Dec. 9, 2013, at approximately 1:45 p.m. LVMPD patrol officers were dispatched to a
home located in the 2800 block of Alta Drive to conduct a welfare check.   When officers arrived at the home, they found an adult male, later identified as 70-year-old Charles Thomas Deishley, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Until recently, nobody realized the .38-caliber bullet was in the table until the son of the slain man, Charles Thomas Deishley, heard it rattle when he moved the table in June.

Records show that Cota and two co-defendants, Janette Anais Martinez and James Anthony Martinez-Amador, were indicted last August on allegations that they siphoned almost $1 million from Deishley’s financial accounts.

On September 14, 2017, the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT) located Cota at a residence in the 3100 block of Bel Air Drive where she was taken into custody without incident.  Cota is due in court on Monday.

Her lawyer says she’ll plead not guilty.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521, or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com. 

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