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Fourth arrest made in January shooting at South Lake Tahoe motel

Dion Jermaine Randolph Vaccaro is sought in the slaying of Dennis Wright.
Dion Jermaine Randolph Vaccaro is sought in the slaying of Dennis Wright. Photo provided by South Lake Tahoe Police Department

A Georgetown man on Wednesday became the fourth suspect to be arrested in the January slaying of an Amador County man outside a South Lake Tahoe motel.

Tevarez Lopez, 33, was already in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville on unrelated charges. On Wednesday, he was arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of 40-year-old Dennis Wright, who was shot in the parking lot of the Beverly Lodge in South Lake Tahoe during a drug deal, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department news release.

South Lake Tahoe police have been joined by investigators from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team while investigating the case in several jurisdictions.

Police said the extradition process is under way to bring 22-year-old Domenic Randolph back to El Dorardo County from Harris County, Texas, where he was found and arrested by investigators April 19. Two other men, 18-year-old Tristan Demond Batten and 20-year-old Harvest Clyde Davidson, were arrested in February. All are charged with murder in the case.

Police have said they are identifying not only individuals involved in the homicide, but also those suspected of assisting and harboring them.

Wright and his girlfriend, Kendra Ghiorso 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.

Police said the investigation remains active and additional arrests are anticipated. An arrest warrant in the case exists for Dion Jermaine Randolph Vaccaro, 26, a former Vallejo resident.

The murder weapon in the case has not been found, and police said suspects still sought in the case are considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked 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