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Suspect arrested for goading homeless man into back flip that killed him

2020-07-19

A Las Vegas man police said used a few bucks to goad a homeless man into performing a deadly back flip and then livestreaming it has been arrested.

Keonte Jones was booked Tuesday on suspicion of willful disregard of a person’s safety, which is a felony, in the death of Larry Coner, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement Wednesday.

The charges stem from an incident that unfolded in downtown Las Vegas on June 20, KSNV reported. The 55-year-old victim was panhandling that night when he was approached by Keonte, who offered him $6 to perform a back flip.

When he attempted the stunt, Coner landed hard on his neck. Authorities said he suffered a serious spinal injury and died June 30 at University Medical Center .

His family has said he had a history of mental illness.

In a disturbing 10-minute livestream of the incident, initially shared on Facebook, Keonte can be seen laughing with other passersby while Coner lay motionless on the ground.

“You ain’t got no remorse,” one woman can be heard saying in the background.

The victim’s sister, who did not wish to be named, told KSNV that Coner was a beloved father and condemned the actions of 28-year-old Jones.

“How can you not have human compassion and compassion for another human being?” she said.

Authorities have requested that anyone with information about the incident should call LVMPD at 702-828-3347 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.