The sister of a murder victim was struck by a car outside of a courtroom where her brother’s suspected killer is standing trial, and the alleged driver is believed to be a relative of the defendant.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Queva Stafford was the victim of a hit-and-run accident outside of the Las Vegas courtroom on Monday. Her brother, Jessie Mann Bush, was shot and killed just over a year ago in Las Vegas, and the suspected shooter, Asa Brown, is currently on trial for his murder.
Stafford was reportedly on the witness list but was not immediately scheduled to testify at the trial. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The newspaper reports that Shaquilla Stafford has been arrested and charged in the connection with the hit-and-run.
WRAL reports that Stafford is a relative of the murder suspect’s — not the hit-and-run victim, despite a shared surname — and sometimes uses the last name Brown. She was apprehended following a four-hour search, but the Cadillac sedan she was reportedly driving during the alleged hit-and-run has not been located.
Police told the news station that it’s possible the two women had a dispute that was not connected to the Queva Stafford’s potential testimony. Both women reportedly attended the trial proceedings Monday morning. Stafford allegedly hit the victim’s sister with a car during a lunch break.
Shaquilla Stafford has been charged with battery with a deadly weapon for the alleged hit-and-run, along with additional charges of carrying an illegal concealed weapon and possession of a weapon with an obscured serial number.
She is currently free on $18,000 bail.
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