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Seventh suspect arrested in January slaying in South Lake Tahoe

Andrew Adams.
Andrew Adams. South Lake Tahoe Police Department

South Lake Tahoe police reported Thursday that a seventh person has been arrested the Jan. 30 shooting death of an Amador County man in a motel parking lot.

South Lake Tahoe detectives, assisted by Fairfield police officers, arrested 25-year-old Andrew Adams of Suisun City. Police said Adams is accused of participating in the robbery that led to the death of 40-year-old Dennis Wright in the Beverly Lodge parking lot. A warrant had been issued for Adams’ arrest, charging him with robbery. Police said he would be booked into Solano County jail to await transfer to El Dorado County.

Wright and his girlfriend, Kendra Ghiorso, both of Amador County, drove to South Lake Tahoe about 7:45 p.m. Jan. 30 to sell 100 pounds of marijuana to prospective buyers, according to police. During the transaction, two men tried to rob Wright and Ghiorso at gunpoint of cash involved in the drug deal, police said.

Six people were previously arrested in the case: Tevarez Lopez, 33, of Georgetown; Domenic Randolph, 22, who was arrested in Harris County, Texas; Tristan Batten, 18, of Vallejo; Harvest Davidson, 20, of Vallejo; Vanessa Muzio, 18, who was arrested in New Mexico; and Dion Jermaine Vaccaro, 24, who was arrested in Oklahoma City. Lopez, Randolph, Batten, Davidson and Vaccaro are charged with murder, and Muzio is charged with being an accessory to murder.

Police said the investigation remains active and additional arrests may be made.

They ask anyone with information pertaining to the case to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at 530-542-6100 or Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy