Jealous boyfriend raped Nevada student as she lay dying after he shot her twice in the head: Police

Giovanni Ruiz, 21, was arrested in connection to the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old UNLV student Paula Davis, after the latter's body was found naked inside her family's van


                            Jealous boyfriend raped Nevada student as she lay dying after he shot her twice in the head: Police

NEVADA, LAS VEGAS: A Nevada student who was allegedly murdered by her scorned ex-boyfriend was also raped by him as she lay dying from the two gunshot wounds she sustained to the back of her head, it has been claimed.

Giovanni Ruiz, 21, was arrested in connection to the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old UNLV student Paula Davis, after the latter's body was found naked inside her family's van that was parked at Desert Horizons Park on September 6, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Davis had been located after her father used an app to track her iPhone, and in the subsequent investigation, detectives uncovered that she had tried to break up with Ruiz in the days leading up to her murder.

She reportedly described him as possessive and jealous, with the arrest report stating that Ruiz would prevent her from contacting male friends and control how often she could see them. Fed up with his controlling nature, she sent him a text message on the day of her death where she wrote they had to "move on completely from what we had."

Surveillance video from Davis' neighborhood later the same day showed Ruiz's truck and her family van parked alongside one another before the latter is seen driving away.

Court transcripts obtained by the Review-Journal state that, around 1:30 pm, Ruiz was at a Walmart store—where the van was later found—and purchased bleach, water, paper towels, and trash bags.

Furthermore, authorities found a .380-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun, missing two rounds, along with a receipt for the weapon hidden inside a suitcase when they raided his home. The firearm had been purchased two days before Davis' murder. 

Addressing a grand jury this week, a Clark County medical examiner revealed she had found signs of sexual assault that indicated Davis was raped as she was dying. 

Prosecutors are expected to add charges of sexual assault, robbery, and kidnapping in an indictment that already includes murder which will be presented to the court on November 1. They are also planning to present the charges to a death penalty review committee next week.

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