South Lake Tahoe police are investigating a weekend homicide they believe stemmed from an illicit drug deal.
Police were called to the Beverly Lodge, 1352 Johnson Blvd., about 7:45 p.m. Saturday where they found Dennis Michael Wright Jr. on the ground outside rooms of the motel.
Wright, 40, a resident of Amador County, was shot at least once in the chest. He died of his injuries at a hospital.
Police suspect that Wright and Kendra Ghiorso, 45, also of Amador County, drove to the lodge to deliver 100 pounds of marijuana, according to a police press release. Wright and Ghiorso were met at the lodge by several people.
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At least one person shot a handgun several times outside the rooms in the area of the motel parking lot. Wright suffered his fatal injury and Ghiorso was hit on the head, possibly with a pistol, police said.
Detectives are working with her to gather more information about what happened.