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Vegas Man Held In Slaying Of Deaf Poker Player From Minn.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas are linking the slaying of a deaf Minnesota poker player to a botched attempt to buy 10 pounds of marijuana from two men in the parking lot of an apartment complex several blocks east of the Strip.

An arrest report made public Monday says 39-year-old Jonathan Cyril Collins of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, died May 11, shortly after he was shot in the chest in a Cadillac sedan that he and his girlfriend drove to Nevada to buy pot.

Police reported finding $7,880 in a duffel bag in the car.

The report came to light following the Friday arraignment of 27-year-old Rufus Anthony Smith III on murder, conspiracy and kidnapping charges.

A judge scheduled Smith's preliminary hearing for Aug. 5.

Police say a second suspect is sought.

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