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Suspect indicted in grisly North Las Vegas double homicide

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Updated: 4/29/2014 11:05 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV – The Clark County grand jury indicted a man accused in a grisly North Las Vegas double homicide of his mother and sister in their home near Tropical and Lamb.

Darius Davon Sorrells, 30, faces two counts of murder in the deaths of Janice Burden and Natasha Sorrells at their residence on Stibor Street. Their bodies were discovered March 31.

Sorrells had been in North Las Vegas custody when the bodies were discovered. He was facing several charges in connection to a high-speed pursuit that took place along Losee Road in the overnight hours March 29.

Investigators say that Sorrells killed the two women with blunt objects, then dismembered the body of his sister, Natasha, with a chainsaw, placed her legs in a kitchen freezer and the remainder of her body in a bath tub.

Janice Burden's body was discovered in the living room, wrapped in 20 to 30 layers of plastic wrapping used for packaging. Her arms were crossed atop her body like an Egyptian mummy.

“There was an attempt by the mother or the sister to kick the brother out of the home, and they wanted him to find another place to live,” said David Stanton, Chief Deputy District Attorney for Clark County.

“There were concerns about their safety and there was his lifestyle,” Stanton said. “There were things that he was doing that the mother and sister didn’t approve of and they wanted him out of the home.”

Family members back east grew concerned for the women’s safety after failing to reach them by phone for days. Darius Sorrells has a previous conviction for “terroristic activities,” Stanton said, who had no details about the earlier conviction.

North Las Vegas police visited the home on several occasions after receiving phone calls from the women’s relatives but did not enter the home, said a source familiar with the investigation. A family friend, an airman at Nellis Air Force Base, was asked to check on the women. He kicked in the front door and discovered the women’s remains.

“We don’t know what he used to kill them,” Stanton said.

Sorrells is scheduled to appear Friday in Clark County District Court. If convicted of either murder, he could receive the death penalty.


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