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Second suspect of 'duffle-bag murder' heads to court

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Posted at 9:24 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 16:57:09-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The family of a Las Vegas valley women is one step closer to closing a painful chapter of their lives as one of the suspects accused of killing a 71-year-old woman heads into court tomorrow.

On Sept. 2015, Las Vegas police officers got out to the Siegel Suites on Bolder Highway after a report of a suspicious piece of luggage that was found in a water meter vault.

Crime Scene Investigators found human remains inside.

The coroner identified those remains as 71-year-old Young Suk Sanchez.

Just weeks later, two suspects were arrested in connection to her death: 23-year-old Veronica Houck and 33-year-old Jamar Webb.

Police say the two were dating at the time.

Those that live in the area say they saw investigators going into Sanchez's room at the Siegel Suites the day her body was found.

“That's when that final connection was made oh it''s her because we're watching them go into her apartment and box stuff up,” says one neighbor.

According to investigators Sanchez's body was badly decomposed and may have been in the underground water meter vault for a month.

It was the use of the 71-year-old's debit card that helped authorities track the couple all the way to Louisiana and then extradited to Las Vegas.

It says in the arrest report that a beer purchase made two days after Sanchez was killed led police to the suspects.

Detectives say the duo’s motive began when Webb confronted Sanchez over money she owed him.

After an argument, Webb reportedly duct taped Sanchez’s hands and feet.

His alleged accomplice told detectives a plastic garbage bag was eventually put over Sanchez before she wiped it down with ammonia to get rid of DNA.

Court records show Webb was already sentenced in Clark County to a first-degree murder charge in April.

Houck will appear in court Wednesday to determine if her case is ready for trial.