Inmate serving two life sentences dies at Las Vegas hospital

Updated July 11, 2018 - 7:44 pm

A 71-year-old man serving two life sentences died Tuesday in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Paul D. Fowler died about 4 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center, corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina said in a release. He was held at High Desert State Prison outside of Las Vegas prior to his hospitalization.

Fowler was serving consecutive sentences since June 13, 1995, for first-degree murder with a deadly weapon.

He was convicted of fatally shooting his ex-wife on April 28, 1993, inside of a transmission store near Cheyenne Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, according to court documents. He worked at the store, and his ex-wife, Lori Merchant, and her daughter had come to get some tools.

Fowler grabbed a 9 mm handgun on the counter as she gathered the tools and fired multiple times, the court documents said.

A jury found him guilty on June 7, 1995, the documents show.

The Clark County coroner will determine Fowler’s cause and manner of death.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.

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