Fil-Am faces murder rap in drug deal gone bad

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America

Posted at May 21 2014 10:57 AM | Updated as of May 21 2014 06:57 PM

LAS VEGAS- A 22-year-old Filipino-American allegedly killed a man in a drug deal gone bad in Las Vegas.

Jonathan Perez faces charges of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by an ex-felon, and discharge of a gun within a structure or vehicle.

Las Vegas Metro police say that the incident took place on April 21 near an intersection. Multiple shots were reportedly fired.

Police found a man identified as Jason Puckett on the ground of a parking lot. Puckett was later pronounced dead at the University Medical Center.

Perez had a prior conviction in May 2011 of attempted murder and carrying a concealed weapon.

Authorities believe the victim was involved in a narcotics exchange with three other men, including Perez, when shots were fired.

Two other men fled the scene.

Perez is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 30.