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Woman accused of striking, killing boyfriend in driveway

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 11/21/2012 6:18 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A 33-year-old Las Vegas woman is accused of running over her boyfriend in their driveway on purpose.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. She is charged with murder.

This quiet neighborhood near Flamingo and Cimarron was an active crime scene late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Neighbors here say the victim, Conrado Mendoza, and the suspect, Sounilak Ouchlaeun, just moved here Nov. 1 as renters of this property. They both worked as card dealers at the Rio.

They said they seemed like a nice couple, that there were no problems until last night.

Police say Ouchlaeun backed out of her driveway and ran over Mendoza.

Police say the couple and Mendoza's friend, Valan Bengson, had been drinking when the pair had an argument Monday night. Neighbors say they could hear the yelling and shouting.

Police received different accounts of what happened.

Ouchlaeun said Mendoza tried to hit her, and his friend tried to break up the fight. She got in her car and says she did not see Mendoza behind her when she backed up.

But Bengson told police Ouchlaeun slapped Mendoza first during the argument and claims she knew Mendoza was behind her car but backed up anyway.

Detectives say Mendoza fell under his girlfriend's Toyota Venza and was dragged 6 feet before the car stopped.

A neighbor says she saw the girlfriend's face was scratched up and believes there was an ongoing domestic violence issue.

Ouchlaeun was arrested and faces charges of murder with a deadly weapon. She is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center.
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