Third suspect in South Lake Tahoe Murder arrested in Texas

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 22, 2016 / comments

UPDATE:  On Sunday, April 17, 2016, District Attorney Investigator Ken Barber and Detectives Herminghaus and Liles from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department left for Houston, Texas in search of Domenic Seanlee Randolph, based on tips and leads developed during the investigation.  Due to severe weather, they arrived in Houston at 3:00 AM on Monday, April 18, 2016 and were faced with severe flooding in the Houston area where more than 13″ of rain fell in 6 hours.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 19, 2016, with the assistance of the US Marshals Service, Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Domenic Seanlee Randolph was arrested in the Houston area and booked in the Harris County Jail in Texas and is currently pending extradition.

[BY CATHY LOCKE] A third suspect has been arrested in the Jan. 30 slaying of an Amador County man outside a South Lake Tahoe motel.

South Lake Tahoe police announced that 22-year-old Domenic Seanlee Randolph was taken into custody near Houston, Texas, on Tuesday morning by investigators with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. They were assisted by the United States Marshal’s Service, the Houston and Humble, Texas, police departments and the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. Randolph was sought in the shooting death of 40-year-old Dennis Wright, an Amador County resident, in the parking lot of the Beverly Lodge. He was booked into the Harris County Jail in Houston on suspicion of murder.

Two other men were arrested in February. Tristan Demond Batten, 18, was taken into custody in Vallejo and Harvest Cyle Davidson, 20, in Sacramento. Both are charged with murder in the case.

Wright and his girlfriend, Kendra Ghiorso of Amador County, drove to South Lake Tahoe about 7:45 p.m. Jan. 30 to sell 100 pounds of marijuana to prospective buyers, according to police. During the transaction, two men tried to rob Wright and Ghiorso at gunpoint of the cash involved in the drug deal, police said.

The robbers struggled with Wright and Ghiorso in the motel parking lot, and one or both of the robbers fired a gun, according to police. Wright was struck multiple times and died after being taken to Barton Memorial Hospital.

Police said the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated...

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at 530-542-6100 or Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.

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