Man arrested in connection with fatal shooting of couple downtown

Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with a November double homicide in downtown, Metro announced Thursday.

Marcial Casarez, 36, is being held without bail in the Clark County Detention Center in connection to the downtown shooting death of a couple on Nov. 16. Casarez faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

The couple died last month in two different places. Police were first called to an apartment at the 2100 block of Ballard Drive, near the intersection of Charleston Avenue and Eastern Avenue, at about 7:20 p.m. That’s where they found Jamel Colbert, 32, shot multiple times.

Colbert was transported to University Medical Center where he died, police said.

About 15 minutes after the first call and about a quarter mile south — in the parking lot of Pepe’s Tacos, 2490 Fremont St. — police found Shelby Robinson, 21, shot to death in a car.

Though Robinson and Colbert were dating, police said their deaths were not “domestic-related.”

Police did not announce a motive, but Metro spokesman Officer Jesse Roybal said the investigation is ongoing. 

Court records show Casarez was previously convicted of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, among other charges. 

Contact Rachel Crosby at or 702-387-5290. Find her on Twitter: @rachelacrosby.

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