I-Team: Fingerprint match leads police to suspect in 2016 murder; man was 15 at time

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27-year-old killed in car on west side

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man accused in a 2016 homicide was taken into custody on Monday, records showed.

Percellus Jones, 21, faces a charge of open murder in the shooting death of Merral Stowe, 27. Jones was 15 at the time of the murder.

On April 27, 2016, Stowe was found inside a car in a parking lot at the Shadow Ridge apartments near Desert Inn and Arville Street. Stowe had a gunshot wound to his head and was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Police said at the time that the suspect could have been inside the vehicle and likely fired at Stowe from close range.

Documents obtained by the I-Team on Tuesday said Stowe was wearing an empty gun holster when he was found just after midnight. His car was still running and police believed someone had taken his gun.

Crime scene analysts collected evidence at the scene, including swabs from two drink cups found in the car and fingerprints located both inside and outside the vehicle, documents said.

A fingerprint match then came back to Jones, documents said. Police later learned Stowe’s girlfriend lived at the apartment complex and Jones was staying there with family.

A warrant for Jones’ arrest was issued in 2019 and detectives first interviewed him several years ago. He was being housed in a detention center in California until being brought to Las Vegas on Monday.

He was being held Tuesday without bail.

Percellus Jones (KLAS)

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