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Old 07-29-2019, 06:39 PM
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Suspect arrested in woman's death at Circus Circus

Updated: Mon 5:47 PM, Jul 29, 2019

RENO, NV (KOLO) - Reno Police say they have charged a suspect in the murder of a California woman who was found dead at Circus Circus Reno.

The body of 37-year-old Amber Morris of Moreno Valley was found early Friday, July 19, 2019 around 2AM.

Police say 22-year-old Tevin Johnson was arrested the next day for unrelated charges. While he was in custody, detectives developed probable cause to arrest him for open murder.

The cause of death is still under investigation.

FOX19 NOW in Cincinnati reports Morris grew up in Ross, Ohio, and that she and her husband were in Reno for his job. She leaves behind four children.


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New report reveals gruesome details of Ohio mother’s Reno, Nev. murder
Accused killer’s motive remains unclear

Updated August 1 at 9:36 AM

RENO, Nev. (FOX19) - Amber Morris met her accused killer hours before her brutal Nevada death, new police records show.

A report from the medical examiner says the Ohio mother had multiple face fractures, a brain bleed, and appeared to have been sexually assaulted. Tevin Johnson remains in custody, charged with the 38-year-old’s murder.

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Morris grew up in Ross, Ohio. Police said her body was found July 19 at Circus Circus Reno hotel.

“Everything we’ve gotten is very vague,” said the victim’s cousin Mary Mullins. “Just that she was found at 2 a.m.”

The new records say Morris met Johnson while she was staying at the hotel and casino in Reno. According to police, Johnson was seen taking an elevator to Morris’ floor during the time of her murder.

The documents say it’s believed Johnson strangled Morris with some type of mechanism and stomped her in the head and face.

Johnson’s motive is still unclear.

Police records say Morris traveled to Nevada with her husband and sister, and that Morris and her husband had been arguing so he spent little time in the room. The records say Morris and her sister were hanging out with Johnson and another man drinking and engaging in some drug activity.

Now, as the family works to process all that happened, they are trying to hold on to happier memories.

“We want people to remember her for her smile and all the good things about her,” said Mullins.

In the records released, police stated that they found bloody shoes that Johnson left behind in an elevator. They also collected several fingerprints.


Man sentenced to life for viciously stomping woman to death at Circus Circus in Reno

Wednesday, February 10th 2021

***WARNING: Details in this story may be considered graphic and offensive to some audiences.***

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —

A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after viciously murdering a woman at the Circus Circus in Reno in 2019.

Tevin Johnson, 23, will spend the rest of his life behind bars after his sentence was handed down by District Court Judge Connie Steinheimer on Feb. 9, 2021. Johnson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder back in November 2020.

Police responded to the Circus Circus casino in downtown Reno on July 19, 2019 on the report of a dead woman found in a room by hotel security. She was later identified as 38-year-old Amber Morris of California.

Detectives with the robbery and homicide unit learned that Johnson and Morris met just hours prior to the murder. In court documents obtained by News 4, Morris, her sister and another man told police that Johnson was homeless and he was looking for people to hang out with. Later that night, the group was seen on surveillance video walking inside both the Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. Morris, her sister and the other man went to their room just before midnight, and according to the other man, they made it clear that Johnson was not welcome.

Video surveillance later shows Johnson loitering on the casino floor and going up and down the elevator, randomly selecting floors to exit the elevator briefly.

Ultimately, Johnson stopped on 17 of the 19 floors. Shortly before 1 a.m. on the morning of the murder, Morris' sister saw Johnson in the 19th floor hallway, but video surveillance showed him getting on the elevator and returning to the casino floor.

After 1 a.m. the other man and Johnson went back to the 19th floor. Morris' sister, the other man and Johnson returned to the casino, leaving Morris in the room alone.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., Johnson is seen going back the elevator alone and taking it back up to the 19th floor.

"It is believed that Johnson knocked on the door and Amber opened the door from the inside," the report says, although it's unclear if Morris knew who was knocking.

During this timeframe, it is believed that Johnson killed Morris strangling her with some mechanism and stomping her in the head/face with his feet.

Around 1:50 a.m., Johnson was seen taking the elevator down to the lobby and taking off his tennis shoes, which appeared to be stained with blood.

Police later found the bloody shoes inside the elevator and discovered a bloody shoe print outside the 19th-floor room.

After officers received surveillance images of Johnson, a Reno Police detective later recognized him in regards to an unrelated fraud investigation.

Police saw Johnson at a Reno apartment complex without shoes on the morning of July 19 and arrested him on suspicion of obtaining and using other person's ID in harmful and unlawful way.

Reno Police later charged Johnson for Amber Morris' murder.

At sentencing on Tuesday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Matt Lee argued that the vicious and brutal manner in which Johnson killed Morris, a person with whom he was not well-acquainted, warranted the maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Morris' four children also presented a moving join victim impact statement at the hearing.
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