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Arlington man charged with stabbing death has trial rescheduled
CLARK COUNTY, Nev. — An 18-year-old Arlington man who was charged with the 2009 stabbing death of another man in Las Vegas has had his trial date rescheduled.
Tanner Rosseau will go to trial Aug. 9. He faces one count of murder with a deadly weapon after allegedly repeatedly stabbing Gregory Dominique of Cleveland.
According to a May 8 Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department report, Rosseau, whose last name is also spelled Rousseau in the document, had traveled to Las Vegas with a group of friends.
The group of seven — including four women and three men — had arrived on May 7, 2009, and were registered in a room at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.
At approximately 4 a.m. on May 8, Rosseau and a male friend came back to the hotel and came into contact with Dominique, 25, on a bench outside of the hotel's north entrance.
The friend, 18-year-old Brandon Carmack, allegedly agreed to purchase drugs from Dominique in exchange for $6 and a small amount of marijuana, according to police documents.
After a dispute over the transaction, a fight broke out between the two parties. That fight was eventually broken up by the women in the group, but Rosseau said that Dominique then allegedly attacked him from behind.
Rosseau said in a statement to police that he had been struck by a car in April 2009, and "he feared for his well being and for that reason he pulled a folding knife from his pocket ... (and) stabbed Dominique with two to three times."
Rosseau then turned himself in, and told police he was sorry for stabbing Dominique. He also wrote a letter of apology to Dominique's family, according to the police report.
Carmack was questioned and charged with a minor offense and released.
Rosseau's trial was originally set for October 2009 but was moved back by his attorney, according to a Feb. 8 story by the Las Vegas Sun.
In the story, Rosseau's attorney, James Dean Leavitt, said that the family would no longer be able to retain him. A public defender was appointed to represent Rosseau during his Feb. 8 hearing.