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Suspect charged with murder after allegedly killing homeless man

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Suspect charged with murder after allegedly killing homeless man

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Jun 25, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man is facing a murder charge for allegedly killing another man.

On June 8 at approximately 9:30 a.m., a homeless man, later identified as Paul Pillat, was transported to the hospital complaining of neck and back pain. His condition was deteriorating.

On June 11, police were notified that Pillat had died. An autopsy determined he died from strangulation and the manner was homicide.

Detectives met with two people who knew Pillat in the area of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. One of them said he saw Pillat after he was beaten and noticed his neck was swollen and his eyes were bloody.

Pillat told him that he was having difficulty eating, drinking and breathing. Pillat said on June 6, he laid down beside a woman who was drunk and passed out, and started touching her.

Pillat said another man, later identified as James Hahn, choked him and then Charles Summerlin kicked him in the ribs.

Detectives later interviewed Hahn. He stated he was friends with Pillat and denied hurting him or being involved in the beating. But later in the interview, he said he did grab Pillat around the neck and choked him. He said he did that because of what Pillat was doing to the woman. He said he didn't mean to hurt him.

When interviewed by detectives, Summerlin said when he saw Pillat touching the woman, he told him to stop. When he didn't, Summerlin said he hit him in the head and kicked him in the ribs.

Due to the facts and circumstances, Hahn was booked for murder.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.