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Wife, brother accused in man's hatchet killing

| Monday, May 25, 2015, 9:21 p.m.

LAS VEGAS — A man died in a hatchet attack that was planned and carried out by his wife and her brother on a Memorial Day visit to Las Vegas, police said.

Maria Hernandez, 33, of Idaho and Hector Gutierrez, 22, of California are charged with murder with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit murder, authorities said.

The Clark County Coroner's Office has not released the name of the man who died.

Las Vegas police initially received a report of a carjacking about 2:30 a.m. Monday, then found Hernandez with her husband, who was dead from multiple injuries believed to come from a hatchet.

Police initially said the couple had pulled over on the side of the road to check on their van when the man was attacked by someone who fled with their vehicle. The van was found about 10 miles away about 7:30 a.m.

Police later said they determined Hernandez had asked Gutierrez to kill her husband and she had assisted in the attack.

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