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Police release sketches of men sought in South Lake Tahoe homicide

Man sought in South Lake Tahoe homicide
Man sought in South Lake Tahoe homicide Courtesy South Lake Tahoe Police Department

South Lake Tahoe police have released composite sketches of two men sought in connection with the Saturday night shooting death of a man in a motel parking lot.

Dennis Wright Jr., 40, was shot after a struggle with the men in the parking lot of the Beverly Lodge during a drug transaction.

Wright and his girlfriend, Kendra Ghiorso, both of Amador County, drove to South Lake Tahoe to sell 100 pounds of marijuana, according to a Police Department news release. During the transaction, two men tried to rob Wright and Ghiorso at gunpoint of the cash involved in the drug deal, police said.

The robbers struggled with Wright and Ghiorso in the parking lot and one or both of the robbers fired, according to police. Wright was struck multiple times and died after being taken to Barton Memorial Hospital.

Police said an unconfirmed description of the vehicle indicated it may have been a 2004 or older Chrysler Concorde sedan.

One of the robbers was described as black, in his late 20s to early 30s, about 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing abut 200 pounds, with black hair worn in braids or dreadlocks. The other man was described as black or mixed race with a light complexion, also in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, with black hair with tight curls.

Police ask anyone with information about the crime to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at 530-542-6100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy