Roy Jaggers, 27, of Las Vegas was reportedly physically beaten, tortured, stripped of his clothes and shot multiple times in Cathedral Canyon on Aug.
Prosecutors are considering the death penalty for at least one of three people charged with torturing and murdering their neighbor in a remote part of the Nevada desert outside of Las Vegas.
Roy Jaggers, 27, was tortured for hours with a blowtorch, knives, baton and ax before being stripped naked and forced to walk off a cliff, prosecutors say. The victim was then shot several times.
Heather Pate, 27; her boyfriend Kevin Dent, 36; and her ex-boyfriend, Brad Mehn, 37, are being held without bail for the brutal murder.
Nye County Sheriffs allege that Pate and Dent lured neighbor Jaggers to her Las Vegas home on Aug. 1 after they believed he had harmed her child.
A criminal report report alleges that Jaggers was beaten in her home before being handcuffed and stuffed into Pate’s car.
Pate and Dent then allegedly drove Jaggers to the unincorporated town of Pahrump, where they met Mehn, according to the sheriff’s office, the Las Vegas Review Journal Reports.
Jaggers was then reportedly taken into the desert and tortured for hours before the trio drove him out 25 miles to Cathedral Canyon.
The man would then have stripped him of his clothes and forced him to walk off a cliff.
Jaggers was then shot at several times, police say.
Pate (pictured) reportedly thought Jaggers – who occasionally babysat her children – had hurt one of them
Kevin Dent (left) and Brad Mehn (right) held without bail by police
The Nye County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Jaggers (pictured) was tortured for several hours with a blowtorch, knives, baton and ax by his neighbor Heather Pate, 27, and Kevin Dent, 36, both of Las Vegas, for allegedly a of hurting them. of her children
At 6:20 a.m. on August 1, an emergency number was called by an unknown caller reporting a body between Mountain Springs and Pahrump at State Route 160.
Nye County Captain David Boruchowitz confirmed in a video statement that police received a call about a body found in a deserted section of the canyon.
The sheriff arrived at the scene at 6:45 a.m. and confirmed that they had found the body of a young adult man and were able to identify him from his fingerprints.
Pate was the last person Jaggers was seen alive with, and she was arrested after police received a search warrant for her home.
Police later arrested Dent at his home and Mehn while he was driving on Route 160 toward Pahrump.
An emergency call was made at 6:20 am by an unknown caller who discovered a body in Cathedral Canyon (pictured). After he arrested the Mehn, he showed the police where the murder weapon was
Pate’s children’s father now wants full custody, saying the children witnessed some of Jaggers’ abuse.
“There are video recordings of the crimes committed, and as disturbing as that is, it is much more disturbing that in one video recording the children enter the room while the defendant/mother and her criminal co-defendants perform various physical, criminal acts against the deceased of the criminal action,” the father states in court files, according to the Review Journal.
Thomas Gibson, Mehn’s court-appointed attorney, told the Review Journal that prosecutors are considering the death penalty for his client.
Mehn is accused of shooting Jaggers multiple times – his ultimate cause of death – after being forced to walk down the Cathedral Canyon.
Police say they took evidence from Dent and Mehn’s homes. Mehn was not at home when the police were ordered to search his house.
After being arrested on the side of Route 160, police say Mehn led them to the murder weapon and additional evidence was taken there.
Jaggers’ mother told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she didn’t know Pate well, but her son occasionally babysat her children.
Jaggers was an electrician and contractor, but had taken a side job at a supermarket during the pandemic and was living at home to care for his mother.
Other than a dismissed trespassing charge, Jaggers had no criminal history in Clark County, and his parents insisted that he was a nice man who wouldn’t hurt anyone.
The Review-Journal reported that Mehn had no criminal record other than a traffic violation.
Pate had committed a felony possession of drug paraphernalia which was denied and Dent was released from prison in January for resisting an officer with a firearm, child abuse and battery that constituted domestic violence.”
All three are currently being held by police without bail on suspicion of murder.