LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) — A former Strip performer was found guilty of second-degree murder today in the 2010 strangulation death and dismemberment of his ex-girlfriend.
In their second day of deliberations, jurors in Clark County District Court found Jason Omar Griffith guilty in the death of dancer Deborah Flores Narvaez during an argument at his home.
Griffith showed no emotion as the verdict was read. His attorney, Jeff Banks, put his arm around his client’s shoulder.
District Judge Kathleen Delaney set sentencing for June 23.
Griffith, 35, had faced a first-degree murder charge in the Dec. 12, 2010, death of Flores, a former dancer in the racy "Fantasy" revue at the Luxor. He told the jury it was self-defense.
He doesn't face the death penalty, but could be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years, or 25 years with the possibility of parole after 10 years.
Prosecutors argued that Griffith, a performer in the Cirque du Soleil show "Love" at The Mirage, wanted Flores dead because she stood in the way of his affair with another woman.
Jurors heard lurid testimony during the nine-day trial, including details of the dismemberment of Flores’ body that was placed in two tubs of concrete.
Her remains were found after Griffith's best friend and housemate, Louis Colombo, told police they would find them encased in concrete in a vacant home in downtown Las Vegas.