Las Vegas woman, 41, ‘runs over and kills her boyfriend, 42, because he was packing up his car to leave her’
- Maylien Doppert, 41, is charged with murder after she hit boyfriend James Dutter, 42, with her car outside their Las Vegas apartment on November 24
- Dutter was initially conscious and taken to hospital where he told cops that he was trying to leave Doppert when she allegedly attacked him
- He said he threw a TV at Doppert’s car as she tried to hit him the first time but she circled round to smash into him again
- Dutter died on Sunday from his injuries and his death was ruled a homicide
- Doppert admitted to cops that she ran over him and she was booked on Monday
Maylien Doppert, 41, is charged with murder after she hit boyfriend James Dutter, 42, with her car, killing him, as he tried to break up with her on November 24 in their Vegas home
A Las Vegas woman is charged with murder for allegedly running over her boyfriend and killing him as he tried to leave her.
James Dutter, 42, died in hospital on November 29, five days after his girlfriend Maylien Doppert, 41, crashed into him and left him in a pool of blood as he tried to pack his things into his car to leave.
But before he died, Dutter was able to speak to cops and tell them what happened.
He said he threw a 20-inch TV at Doppert as she sped toward him in a first attempt to hit him, but she circled back again to smash into him with her car.
Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrived to the apartment complex where Dutter and Doppert lived on 4110 Sanderling Circle at around 9.40pm on November 24.
They found Dutter lying on the ground outside seriously injured but conscious. He said that he had no feeling in his legs or his left arm.
He told a paramedic that his girlfriend ran him over because he wanted to break up and told detectives the same when they interviewed him in University Medical Center, where he had been taken for treatment, three days later.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Dutter claimed the couple had moved into the complex just two days before but that they were breaking up and he was packing up his things on November 24 with the intention of leaving.
He was placing items in his car when Doppert arrived home and the pair began to argue as she accused Dutter of stealing her belongings.
Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrived to the apartment complex where on 4110 Sanderling Circle, pictured, on November 24 to find Dutter lying on the ground in a pool of blood. He was conscious but said he had no feeling in his leg or left arm
Dutter claimed he allowed her to look through the belongings while he continued packing but that she then jumped into her Mitsubishi Mirage and began to drive at him.
He narrowly missed her first attempt to strike him after he threw the TV at her, he claimed, but was hit as she tried a second time.
‘Dutter explained he heard a loud crash and saw (Doppert) had reversed her Mitsubishi into the community’s mailbox bank that was bolted into a cement area between the parking lot and Sanderling Circle,’ police said of Dutter’s first narrow escape.
‘Dutter walked to the end of his Mustang and was immediately struck by the front end of (Doppert’s) Mitsubishi, which she drove at a high rate of speed.’
According to the police report, Dutter remembered being flung into the air after being struck by the car.
When he landed to the ground, he said he looked up and was ‘underneath the bumped of another vehicle’.
Dutter died on Sunday from the multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the hit and his death was ruled a homicide.
Doppert was interviewed by police and admitted that she had hit her boyfriend with her car, cops say.
Her Mitsubishi Mirage was found at the apartment complex with damage consistent with what Dutter described.
‘The front windshield was smashed, there was a large dent on the roofline above the windshield, and there was damage to the left rear bumper and fender,’ police said.
‘The detectives also located hair-like fibers embedded in the windshield glass and apparent blood on the left front fender.’
Doppert was booked in Clark County Detention Center on Monday on a single count of open murder.
She is scheduled to appear in court again Thursday.