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'Star Trek' Actor Killed In His Own Home

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A woman has been arrested for the murder of actor Charles Thomas Deishley.

Deishley was found shot dead in his Las Vegas home in 2013, notes the New York Daily News.

A veteran of the Las Vegas Shakespeare Festival, he gained his greatest fame playing the role of General Motog at "Star Trek: The Experience," a themed attraction which was featured at the Las Vegas Hilton from 1998 through 2008.

According to the website Trek News, the attraction included a Deep Space Nine-style Promenade, a Quark's Bar-inspired restaurant, the Klingon Encounter and Borg Invasion 4-D rides.

Kelleen Cota, 57, was arrested on Sept. 14 in connection to the case, and charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

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She was indicted in August 2016, along with Janette Anais Martinez and James Anthony Martinez-Amador, on charges of racketeering, embezzlement, forgery, obtaining money under false pretenses, and grand larceny.

Prosecutors allege that they conned Deishley into investing in fake companies that they claimed dealt in billboards, coins, gold and real estate, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Kelleen's LinkedIn page identifies her as president of a company called Las Vegas Auction. According to prosecutor Jake Villani, Deishley first met Kelleen through an auction.

"We believe that's how everything got started with the other investments," he said.

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For almost three years, their alleged scheme depleted Deishley's million-dollar account.

When 70-year-old Deishley became suspicious and began inquiring about his investments, he was murdered.

On Dec. 9, 2013, he was found slumped in a chair in his home with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.

"We think he was out of money," said Binu Palal, another prosecutor working on the case. "We believe that the triggering event was that he started asking questions about these investments."

Kelleen was linked to the shooting when a bullet from the murder weapon was discovered in June by Deishley's son, reports the Review-Journal. It was lodged inside a plastic table which was next to the chair in which his father's body was found.

According to Kelleen's arrest report, detectives found a .38-caliber pistol registered to her in September 2015.

Deishley's son reported finding the bullet on June 22 of this year, and on Aug. 12, forensic analysis determined the bullet matched those of test bullets fired from Kelleen's pistol.

Kelleen's ex-husband, Albert Cota, is serving 40 years to life in Nevada prison for the 2004 murder of his wife, Hiroko Cota.

Sources: New York Daily NewsLas Vegas Review-Journal (2), Trek News / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Las Vegas Review-Journal via New York Daily NewsLVMPD via New York Daily News

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