Stabbing death followed argument over TV

An argument over a flat-screen television turned fatal Thursday when one man stabbed another to death at a south Strip apartment, Las Vegas police said.

Mathew Beard, 22, was arrested and charged with murder with a deadly weapon today in the death of an unidentified male at an apartment complex in the 7200 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South, police said.

About 7:30 p.m. Thursday, officers arrived at the scene to find the victim at the bottom of a staircase with a knife wound in his lower back. He was transported to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Beard was among a group of witnesses surrounding the victim when police arrived at the scene.

According to witnesses, Beard and the victim were arguing over the sale of a television before the stabbing took place, police said.

The name of the victim was being withheld pending an autopsy and identification of kin, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at or 702-383-0283.