Bail set for man accused in killing of Esmeralda Gonzalez

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Forty-five-year-old Christopher Prestipino and 31-year-old Lisa Mort appeared in court Tuesday morning, where Prestipino was charged with murdering 24-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez.

Christopher Prestipino appears during a court hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Authorities say Gonzalez, a suspected prostitute, was missing for five months before a tip led police to her body in the desert earlier this month.

During today’s hearing, prosecutors said new tapes of Prestipino and Mort proved the former was a flight risk.

The judge set bail for Prestipino at $500,000. He and Mort are scheduled for another hearing on Oct. 29.

A third suspect, 39-year-old Cassandra Bascones, was arrested over the weekend in Wisconsin. She is being extradited to Nevada.

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