LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) --
A firefighter accused of hiring a man to kill his wife and his suspected accomplice appeared before a judge today at the Regional Justice Center.
| On News 3 at Noon: Friends of Shauna Tiaffay attended this morning’s court proceedings. News 3’s Krystal Allan spoke with them and will present a report on News 3 at Noon.|
George Tiaffay, 40, and Noel Stevens, 36, had their next court hearing scheduled for Jan. 24 by Judge Deborah Lippis.
The men are accused of killing Tiaffay’s wife, Shauna, 46. She was found beaten to death Sept. 29 in her Summerlin apartment.
Shortly before his arrest, George Tiaffay tried to kill himself by running his truck into a freeway barrier at 76 mph.
According to an arrest report, there were cell phone calls between George Tiaffay and Stevens. The report goes on to say that after the slaying, Stevens was bragging to friends about committing an "m" for $20,000.
An autopsy confirms she died of blunt force trauma to the head.
A couple of days before the slaying, we learned George Tiaffay bought a handgun and ammunition.
Shauna Tiaffay worked as a cocktail waitress at the palms casino, and neighbors say she was well-liked.
Friends and family say the couple had problems. Shauna’s sister described George Tiaffay as controlling and manipulative.