UPDATE: Man accused of killing UNLV student makes first court appearance


NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Giovanni Ruiz, 21, the man accused of killing 19-year-old UNLV student Paula Davis, made his first court appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court Monday morning. He is facing one court of murder with a deadly weapon.

Davis’ family said she ended her relationship with Ruiz just a few days before the Sept. 6 shooting. Davis’ body was found by her father in the family’s van which was parked near Desert Horizons Park on Simmons Street, near Gowan Road. She had been shot twice in the back of the head. Davis told her family she was breaking up with Ruiz, a UNLV grad student, because he was overly possessive.

Sean Davis, Paula’s father, was in the courtroom for the appearance. He told 8 News Now that his family had opened their home to Ruiz and he had participated in many family activities.

“It is very complicated, painful. It raises so many questions seeing him in person again. It’s hard,” Sean Davis said.

According to the arrest report for Ruiz, he bought the gun two days prior to the shooting. The gun was found hidden in Ruiz’s home. He was living with his parents.

Attorney is represented by Gabriel Grasso. Ruiz is due back in court on Sept. 24.

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