Grand jury indicts man in 2012 murder

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury indicted Giovanni Kohler Kurtze on murder charges in connection with the October 2012 stabbing death of Froilan Abellera in the victim's apartment in the 3300 block of Tenaya Way.

Kurtze is being held on no bail in the Clark County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7.

He is accused of stabbing the 58-year-old Abellera at least 40 times in the neck and chest. A large stab wound was found in his abdomen. Police believe he was tortured on a couch in his living room before being moved to the bathtub. The Clark County Coroner's Office found that he had bled to death.

Kurtze then allegedly drove the victim's BMW to San Bernardino, Calif., where he was arrested by police following a high-speed chase. Kurtze wrecked the car and then fled the scene on foot. Police picked him up about a mile from the crash site. 

Police in California contacted Metro Police after they found that the car was registered to someone in Las Vegas. The victim was found a few days later.

Detectives say a palm print on the bathroom where the victim was found belonged to Kurtze.

Kurtze was on probation at the time for another crime.

The defendant has been in prison in California on a burglary charge, which is why the indictment took place almost two years after the crime happened. He was extradited back to Nevada last week. 


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