LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas man and four other people face open murder charges after they allegedly beat, shot, and killed his sister’s husband in retaliation for hitting her, according to police documents.

David Coulson Jr. faces charges of residential burglary, open murder, and conspiracy to commit murder, records showed.

David Coulson Jr., 36 (LVMPD)

On Jan. 17 just before 12:15 a.m., Metro police received a call from a woman reporting that her husband had been shot. When officers arrived they found the victim, identified as Kyle Dotson, inside a residence in the 1400 block of Helen Belle Drive dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim’s wife told police that on Jan. 13, she and Dotson went out for dinner and drinks to celebrate her birthday. When they returned home in the early morning hours of Jan. 14, the two got into an argument over Dotson’s belief that she cheated on him in the past, police said.

Dotson then went into the bathroom and snorted cocaine, causing him to relapse from his sobriety. The argument continued and Dotson punched his wife in the face several times before leaving the home, the report said.

On Jan. 15, Dotson’s wife’s face had significant swelling and she received a FaceTime call from her father, David Coulson Sr. He questioned her about the injuries to her face and she told him not to worry and that Dotson relapsed, according to police.

Later that day, Coulson Jr., her brother, showed up at her home with a present for her. Coulson Jr. told her that he was there “on assignment” because their father told him about Dotson hitting her, the report said.

Dotson learned that his wife’s family wanted to retaliate against him so he contacted a family member to get a gun. The report states that it is unknown if he actually obtained a gun.

On Jan. 17, Dotson and his wife heard a knock at the door. Dotson looked out the peephole and saw Coulson Jr. When Dotson opened the door he looked surprised and said something about Coulson Jr. “riding deep” with a group of people with him, police said.

Coulson Jr., Coulson Sr., and their significant others, Shaleece Brown and Veronica Nezey, as well as Dotson’s wife’s cousin Jimmy James Johnson then rushed into the house, according to police.

Coulson Jr. and Coulson Sr. knocked Dotson to the floor and began punching and kicking him. During the fight, Brown ran into the wife’s 15-year-old daughter’s bedroom to retrieve a gun she hid in there at an earlier time, police said.

Brown then got into a fight with the 15-year-old daughter, according to documents.

Dotson’s wife then heard her brother and father call for Johnson to come into the house. She said she knew this was a problem because Johnson “was a killer” and she believed he was being called in to kill Dotson, the report said.

Dotson’s wife pushed Johnson outside and Dotson was able to make it down the hallway toward the garage. However, Brown gave Coulson Jr. the gun from the 15-year-old’s bedroom and he shot Dotson several times, police said.

All five of the suspects left the home after the shooting.

Coulson Sr., Nezey, and Johnson all lived in California and traveled to Las Vegas to commit the attack, police said. Coulson Jr. and Brown live in Las Vegas.

On Jan. 24, Brown, 33, turned herself in to authorities after police identified her as a suspect in the case. She faces charges of open murder, conspiracy to commit murder, child abuse or neglect, and residential burglary.

Photo of Shaleece Brown provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Photo of Shaleece Brown provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

A few days later on Jan. 31, police arrested a second suspect, Coulson, Sr., 56, in Los Angeles. He faces a charge of open murder.

Nezey, 54, was identified by police as a third suspect in the case after she turned herself in to authorities at the Clark County Detention Center on Feb. 5, Las Vegas Metropolitan police said.

Veronica Nezey (LVMPD)

The Anaheim Police Department took Johnson, 45, into custody on Feb. 14.

Coulson Jr., 36, was identified as a suspect and arrested on Feb. 16, by the Criminal Apprehension Team and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for open murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, and burglary.

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