Who is Emily Ikuta? Nevada wife shoots husband dead while he was on live chat call and stages it as accident
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: A Las Vegas woman was taken into custody last week after she allegedly shot dead her husband when he was on a "live chat" and then tried to make it look like an accident. Jail records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show that 37-year-old Emily Ikuta is facing one count of murder.
At around 11 pm on Monday, March 22, Ikuta allegedly fatally shot her husband, 36-year-old Jourell Ng, at their residence on the 9000 block of West Katie Avenue, the arrest report states.
Ikuta is said to have called 911 and told dispatchers that she found her husband collapsed on the floor, face down, and struggling to breathe when she returned from walking her dog. According to documents obtained by the Review-Journal, Ikuta told authorities that it appeared Ng had been shot.
She later told detectives that her husband may have accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun, claiming she had found a gun near his body and locked it in a closet. Her version of events, however, did not line up with the evidence gathered by detectives.
"Below the body of (Ng) there was no large pooling of blood that was expected had (Ng) been found face down, as Ikuta stated she had found him," detectives wrote, per the newspaper.
And while they did find gun cleaning supplies, none of them seemed to have been used recently. “The cleaning mat used was rolled up on the second shelf along with the cleaning tools, solvents, and gun oil,” police wrote of the scene. Furthermore, the bullet that killed Ng reportedly traveled in a trajectory that was different from the angle it would have traveled had he shot himself while cleaning his gun.
According to the arrest report obtained by the newspaper, someone who claimed to be "on a live chat with (Ng) during the time of his murder" called the authorities to tell them what they had heard during the incident. "They informed detectives they heard (Ng's) dog barking in the background of the call, prior to hearing a slapping noise they believed was a gunshot," police wrote, per the Review-Journal. This was followed by a yelp and then complete silence, per the source.
Ikuta was arrested on Thursday and remained at the Clark County Detention Center as of Monday. She is slated to appear in court on April 8.
Last week, MEAWW reported how an Oklahoma pastor had warned his parishioners that the devil would seek to “destroy and kill them” for witnessing God’s power, just hours before he was fatally shot in his bed on Monday morning, March 22. It later emerged that his wife had ordered her lover to kill him after an affair that allegedly involved the pastor at some point.
Kristie Dawnell Evans, 47, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after she admitted to her role in her husband’s death. Her lover, Kahlil Deamie Square, 26, was also arrested on Thursday, March 25, on the same charge, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said on Friday, March 26. Police believe Kristie asked Kahlil to end her husband's life as part of a plot the duo hatched while the pastor was in Mexico.