Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 12:01 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 4:09 p.m.
Opening statements now are expected Thursday afternoon in the murder trial of a man accused of killing and dismembering a Las Vegas Strip dancer more than three years ago.
Jason Griffith, 35, has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the death of 31-year-old Debbie Flores Narvaez.
Flores Narvaez, who danced in Luxor’s “Fantasy” show disappeared in December 2010 after apparently visiting Griffith, her ex-boyfriend, at his home, authorities said.
Flores Narvaez’s disappearance triggered a massive search, generating national media coverage and pleas from her loved ones for information regarding her whereabouts. Her dismembered body was found encased in cement in two plastic tubs in January 2011 in a Las Vegas apartment, according to a Metro Police report.
Attorneys in the case have spent three days whittling down a jury pool to 14. That process should end late today, said Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney.
Delaney, meanwhile, signed an order Tuesday granting immunity for Griffith’s roommate, Louis Colombo, as he testifies in the case. Colombo reportedly helped Griffith dispose of Flores Narvaez’s body, authorities said.
Court records indicate the defense will try to portray Flores Narvaez as the aggressor in the pair’s tumultuous relationship, based on her volatile dating history.
During a four-year span in Maryland, five restraining orders were placed against her, and she was arrested on charges of assault, resisting arrest and harassment.