Two arrested on murder suspicion in fatal Tahoe shooting
February 18, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Police have arrested two men they believe were involved in the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old Amador County man in South Lake Tahoe last month.
On Tuesday night, Feb. 16, Police arrested 18-year-old Tristan Batten in Vallejo, Calif., for allegedly participating in the shooting of Dennis Wright Jr. at the Beverly Lodge hotel on Jan. 30.
On Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, police arrested 20-year-old Harvest Davidson in Sacramento, Calif., for allegedly participating in the shooting.
Both men have been charged with one count of murder and taken into custody on no-bail warrants, according to a press release from the city. Police also seized a vehicle in the Bay Area as evidence in the case, according to the city.
Neither of the men are believed to be the suspects depicted in composite sketches released to the public earlier this month. Police continue to investigate the case and additional arrests are expected.
"We request our public's patience in this," according to the city. "Nevertheless we want our public to know that arrests are being made, and that this case is taking our investigators to a number of areas removed from South Lake Tahoe. These arrests, and the expectation of more arrests, demonstrate that significant progress is being made.
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"Our public should know the murder weapon has not yet been recovered. Additional suspects in this case are considered armed and dangerous.
Police believe Wright traveled with his girlfriend Jan. 30 to South Lake Tahoe to sell 100 pounds of marijuana. They believe Wright was shot after the drug deal went awry.
Police ask anyone with information to call 530-542-6100 or, if anonymity is desired, Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.
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