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Grand jury returns indictment in stabbing death of 10-year-old, Bellagio slashing


Leila Navidi

Brenda Stokes appears in Las Vegas Justice Court for a hearing at the Regional Justice Center on Friday, December 28, 2012.

The woman accused of killing 10-year-old Jade Morris and attacking a co-worker at the Bellagio has been indicted by a Clark County grand jury on murder and attempted murder charges.

Brenda Stokes Wilson, 50, has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, murder, burglary, attempted murder, battery resulting in substantial bodily harm and mayhem — all with use of a deadly weapon, according to an indictment returned Thursday.

The grand jury indictment, handed up Friday, means Wilson’s case will proceed to trial in Clark County District Court.

Wilson is scheduled to appear March 6 for her arraignment in District Court.

Wilson was arrested the night of Dec. 21 after she slashed Joyce Rhone, a fellow blackjack dealer, with razor blades at the Bellagio, according to a Metro Police arrest report. Rhone survived the attack.

Hours earlier, Wilson had picked up Morris, the daughter of a man she once dated, to go shopping. The girl never returned home, triggering a search that led to the discovery of her body six days later.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office determined Morris died from multiple stab wounds.

Prosecutors say Morris’ blood was found on the steering wheel and door handle of the car Wilson was driving Dec. 21.

Wilson remains in the Clark County Detention Center without bail.

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