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April 16, 2014

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Suspect faces murder charge in elderly roommate’s death

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A Las Vegas man suspected of choking and killing his frail, elderly roommate, whom he allegedly beat and bullied on a regular basis, is due in court today to face a murder charge.

Hollis Henry Corbin, 41, was arrested Saturday by Metro Police after an investigation into the Dec. 27 death of Corbin’s roommate, Gary Farmer.

Police, responding to a call from Corbin that his roommate was unresponsive, discovered Farmer’s body at the apartment he shared with Corbin at 3550 S. Paradise Road, according to a Metro Police report.

A Clark County Coroner’s autopsy determined Farmer died from multiple blunt-force injuries and asphyxia. Based on those findings, the coroner ruled the death a homicide.

Metro’s investigation into Farmer’s death indicates the following:

Corbin and Farmer moved into an apartment together in September. Farmer was described as a frail man with some health problems. Once they moved in, a witness told police, they argued about money five days a week. During the fights, Corbin threatened to murder Farmer by “chopping him up,” and that “no one would care if he disappeared.”

The two attempted to conceal the fights with loud music, but the witness could hear the noises of a physical fight and Farmer’s shouts for help.

Another witness said Farmer showed him cuts on his right forearm when Corbin hit Farmer with a machete and abrasions on his mouth caused by a wood stick Corbin placed in it during a fight. Another person reported Corbin forced Farmer to defecate and urinate in a cat’s litter box.

These fights eventually led Farmer to be admitted to Sunrise Medical Center and Hospital around Halloween.

When police spoke to Corbin after Farmer’s death, he claimed he last saw his roommate alive the previous night. Corbin said he went to bed and woke up about 9:30 a.m. to find Farmer dead.

Police later found a machete with a broken handle in the apartment and discovered that Corbin had also lied to police about his whereabouts in the morning.

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