California man accused of brutally killing girlfriend in Las Vegas hotel room

Posted at 8:24 AM, July 20, 2021 and last updated 1:21 AM, December 13, 2022

By: Joyce Lupiani, KTNV

LAS VEGAS  — Authorities have released the arrest report for a California man accused of brutally killing his girlfriend in a Las Vegas hotel room.

According to the arrest report, Justin Medof told police that he woke up around 8 a.m. July 12, and found his girlfriend beaten, bloody, and unconscious in their hotel room.

This July 12, 2021, booking photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Justin Medof, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend inside their Las Vegas hotel room. (LVMPD)

He said that they had been in an argument the night before while on Fremont Street and he left her there.

Video surveillance obtained from the hotel showed Medof arriving at the hotel around 2:12 a.m. His girlfriend, identified as Stephanie Duarte, arrived around 2:25 a.m.

The hotel clerk told police that Duarte asked if Medof had been looking for her and seemed nervous.

A couple in the room next door also told police they were awakened by the sounds of a fight between 2 and 3 a.m.

Police officers observed that Medof had red marks on his rib cage, back, shoulders and knees. Various abrasions were also observed on his bicep, left elbow, knees and the top of his right foot.

The arrest reports also noted that Duarte’s body was already in rigor mortis when they arrived, indicating she had been dead for a few hours before a call was placed for help.

Medof refused to answer any questions at the police station and requested an attorney. He is currently being held without bail.

This story was originally published July 12, by KTNV in Las Vegas.