Las Vegas woman, 41, ‘runs up to her and kills her boyfriend, 42, because he was packing his car to leave her’
- Maylien Doppert, 41, is charged with murder after hitting boyfriend James Dutter, 42, with her car in front of their Las Vegas apartment on November 24
- Dutter was initially conscious and was taken to hospital where he told police he was trying to leave Doppert when she allegedly attacked him
- He said he threw a TV at Doppert’s car when she tried to hit him the first time, but she circles around to bump into him again
- Dutter died of his injuries on Sunday and his death was considered murder
- Doppert admitted to the police that she had run over him and that she was booked on Monday
Maylien Doppert, 41, is charged with murder after hitting boyfriend James Dutter, 42, with her car and killing him while he tried to break up on November 24 at their home in Vegas
A Las Vegas woman is charged with murder for allegedly running over her boyfriend and killing him when he tried to leave her.
James Dutter, 42, died in hospital on November 29, five days after his girlfriend Maylien Doppert, 41, bumped into him, leaving him in a pool of blood while trying to put his things in his car to leave.
Dutter said he threw a 20-inch TV at Doppert when she rushed towards him in a first attempt, but she circled back to hit him with her car.
Agents from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the apartment complex where Dutter and Doppert lived at 4110 Sanderling Circle on Nov. 24 around 9:40 a.m.
They found Dutter on the ground outside, seriously injured but conscious. He said he had no feeling in his legs or his left arm.
He told an ambulance crew that his girlfriend ran over him for wanting to break up and told the detectives the same thing when they interviewed him three days later at the University Medical Center, where he had been taken for treatment.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Dutter claimed that the couple had moved into the complex just two days earlier, but that they were falling apart and that on Nov. 24, he packed up with the intention of leaving.
He put things in his car when Doppert got home and the couple started arguing when she accused Dutter of stealing her belongings.
Agents from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the apartment complex on Nov. 24 where at 4110 Sanderling Circle, pictured, found Dutter lying on the floor in a pool of blood. He was conscious but said he had no feeling in his leg or left arm
Dutter claimed that he allowed her to look through the belongings as he continued packing, but then she jumped into her Mitsubishi Mirage and started driving towards him.
He narrowly missed her first attempt at hitting him after throwing the TV at her, he claimed, but was hit the second time she tried.
“ Dutter explained that he heard a loud crash and saw that (Doppert) had turned her Mitsubishi over in the community letterbox bank that was screwed into a concrete area between the parking lot and Sanderling Circle, ” said police of Dutter’s first close escape.
“Dutter walked to the end of his Mustang and was immediately hit by the front of (Doppert’s) Mitsubishi, driving them at high speed.”
According to the police report, Dutter recalled being thrown into the air after being hit by the car.
When he landed on the ground, he said he looked up and was “hit by another vehicle.”
Dutter died on Sunday from the multiple blunt force injuries he sustained in the hit, and his death was considered murder.
Doppert was interviewed by the police and admitted that she hit her boyfriend with her car.
Her Mitsubishi Mirage was found in the apartment complex with damage consistent with what Dutter described.
“The windshield was smashed, there was a big dent on the roofline above the windshield and there was damage to the left rear bumper and fender,” police said.
“The detectives also found hair-like fibers embedded in the windshield and apparently blood on the left front fender.”
Doppert was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Monday on the basis of a single count of open murder.
She will appear in court again on Thursday.