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April 26, 2015

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Teen accused of shooting friend’s parents faces new charge


Metro Police

Timothy Chester, left, and Victor Antonio Veliz, both 18, were arrested in the deaths of Thomas Chester, 57, and Carla Chester, 51.

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Prosecutors have added a charge of robbery with a deadly weapon against an 18-year-old accused of shooting his friend's parents to death.

Victor Veliz and Timothy Chester, also 18, have been accused of conspiring to kill Chester's parents. Prosecutors filed an amended complaint accusing Veliz of robbery.

Both are charged with two counts each of murder with a deadly weapon and one count each of conspiracy to commit murder and burglary in connection with the slayings of Thomas and Carla Chester last month.

The Chesters were found shot to death Sept. 30 in their east Las Vegas Valley mobile home. Carla Chester had also been stabbed, police said.

Veliz and Chester are being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.

Metro Police said Timothy Chester plotted to kill his parents and had his best friend, Veliz, shoot them.

Veliz stated in jailhouse interviews that Chester threatened to kill him if he didn't carry out the plan.

The original complaint charged Chester with robbery with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stole his parents' van after the slayings. Since the vehicle was stolen as part of the shootings, prosecutors decided also to charge Veliz with the count.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 17 after an amended complaint was filed in Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman's court this morning.

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