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UPDATE: Man accused of killing woman, encasing body in concrete to remain on house arrest

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 20:19:01-05

UPDATE NOV. 13: Christopher Prestipino will remain on house arrest. A judge reaffirmed the ruling on Wednesday. The defense thought the decision had been revoked. A calendar call for the case is scheduled for Nov. 14.

UPDATE NOV. 6: According to online court records, a $500,000 bail bond has been accepted for Christopher Prestipino, the man accused by police of killing Esmeralda Gonzalez.

At last check, he was still listed as being in custody at Clark County Detention Center.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An ex-felon has pleaded not guilty to killing a 24-year-old adult entertainment model and encasing her body in a concrete structure found in the desert outside Las Vegas.

Christopher Santo Prestipino's attorney, William Terry, declined to comment Tuesday following their appearance in Nevada state court.

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The 45-year-old Prestipino has been indicted on murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges in the death of Esmeralda Gonzalez.

Prestipino and his 39-year-old roommate, Casandra Garrett, are accused of poisoning and strangling Gonzalez in May.

Gonzalez's body was found in October near the Interstate 15 community of Glendale.

Garrett was arrested last month in Wisconsin, where she is jailed in Milwaukee pending her extradition to Las Vegas.

Prestipino's 31-year-old girlfriend, Lisa Mort, is due in court next month on a charge of aiding a felon.


KTNV contributed to the original report.