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October 25, 2014

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2 arrested after Strip shooting plead not guilty

A couple indicted following a Las Vegas Strip shooting that Metro Police said was the result of road rage pleaded not guilty today in Clark County District Court.

Clark County District Court Judge David Barker set a May 12 trial date.

Brittanie Merritt-Burwell, 21, of Arizona, is charged with attempted murder, battery and discharging a firearm at or into a vehicle.

Her boyfriend, Joshua Youngblood, was indicted on one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Merritt-Burwell shot the victim in the neck after the victim’s vehicle prevented her from switching lanes Dec. 23 in the 3700 block of S. Las Vegas Blvd., near Harmon Avenue, Metro Police said.

The man was transported to University Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot that exited through his chest.

Merritt-Burwell told police several versions of how the argument unfolded, eventually telling officers she pulled a gun out and hit the victim with it after he tried to pull her into his car, authorities said.

She said she remembered hearing a single shot, police said.

Youngblood was with Merritt-Burwell at the time of the shooting, police said. Merritt-Burwell reported that Youngblood drove the couple away after the shooting, according to police.

They were arrested Dec. 30 after an officer spotted their vehicle parked at a Burger King in the 3600 block of West Tropicana Avenue.

Both remain in Clark County Detention Center. Merritt-Burwell’s bail is $750,000, and Youngblood’s bail is $250,000.

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