Man Arrested in Teen Girl's Shooting Death

LAS VEGAS -- Police have charged and have in custody a man they believe is responsible for the cold-case shooting death of 17-year-old Betty Jean Pinkney.

Demetrius Black, 20, is charged with the murder of Betty, who was killed in January 2012 when shots were fired into a house party she was attending near Craig Road and Lamb Boulevard. Betty, a student at Desert Pines High School at the time of her death, was an innocent bystander, the police said.

8 News Now spoke with Pinkney's mother, Charolyn, who relayed information about her daughter's death that she received from Metro Police detectives. Black already was in police custody for another crime when he was charged with Betty's murder.

A recent robbery arrest in North Las Vegas produced a gun that was tested and linked to Betty's slaying. The suspects arrested in that robbery case told police they bought the gun from Black. That evidence, along with several eyewitness accounts, led to the murder charge against Black.

Betty's parents said they never thought an arrest would be made in Betty's killing.

"I know Betty is in a better place now," Charolyn Pinkney said. "I know she is resting in peace now that they got this guy. He can't go out there and do it to anybody else."

Betty's father, Joseph Pinkney, added, "There's no telling how many people he could have ... killed. When you get someone off the street like this, you consider it a good job."

Black is scheduled to have his 48 hearing Thursday.


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