Alfonso “Slinkey” Blake – black, age 32
Sentenced to death in Clark County, Nevada
By: A jury
Date of crime: 3/2003
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Blake killed two Sophear Choy and Priscilla Van Dine by shooting them twice in the head execution-style. At the same time he shot Sophear’s sister Kim twice in the head and left her for dead, but her rings partially deflected the shots and she survived to testify. Prosecutors argued that Blake was a musician and invited strippers to live in his home so he could live off their proceeds, but the victims refused to move into his home. Blake shot the women after he stabbed Sophear during an argument. The prosecution argued Blake was trying to get rid of any witnesses to the stabbing. The defense claimed Black was insane at the time of the murders.
Prosecutor(s): Robert Daskas
Defense lawyer(s): Peter S. Christiansen
Sources: The Las Vegas Review-Journal 3/7/03, 3/9/03, 5/30/03, 3/27/04, 3/24/04, 4/1/04; Nevada Department of Corrections: www.doc.nv.gov/