Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A convicted felon on trial for the murder of two Vietnamese tour leaders in Las Vegas is facing the death penalty.

On June 1, Julius Damiano Deangilo Trotter, 31, allegedly broke into a hotel room at the Circus Circus hotel in Las Vegas. Two Vietnamese tour leaders — Sang Boi Nghia and Khu0ng Ba Le Nguyen — were stabbed to death after the break-in. Nghia was the owner of a tour business in Vietnam, and Nguyen was an employee of hers.

The defendant has since pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, burglary and robbery. But prosecutors told Associated Press on November 15 that Trotter will be facing the death penalty.

Trotter was arrested in Chino, California on June 7. Currently, he is being held at the Clark County jail without bail. He is set to appear in court on December 5, when he could learn about his trial date, Michelle Fleck, a prosecutor for the case, has said.

According to the police, the door latch on the victims’ hotel room was malfunctioning. MGM Resorts International, the managing owner of the Circus Circus Hotel, said it is unclear if the lock was not working properly before or after the killings.

Trotter was reportedly still on five years of probation for resisting arrest when the alleged killings took place.

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