It was Wednesday, on September 3, 2014, that one of the most colorful and fun to watch characters of the World Series of Poker named Joseph Levine, a regular dealer at the WSOP for nearly 30 years and known by many as "Elvis", was shot and killed in his Las Vegas home by a homeless woman.
Marjorie "Maggie" Fiora, age 30, pled guilty to killing Joseph Levine, age 56, at about 6pm on the 1200 block of Franklin Avenue, near Charleston Boulevard and Maryland Parkway. The murder weapon used was a Savage Springfield 12-gauge double barrel shotgun.
Joe's brother Arnold Levine told police that Joe was inside his home cleaning when the deranged woman went inside and shot him in the chest.
Earlier that night, Joe, Maggie, and two of Joe's brothers were swimming in the backyard pool. Maggie was one of the several homeless people that Joe had befriended so that he can offer his help. According to Arnold, his brother had been nothing but nice to her as well as the other homeless folk in the area, so she has no motive to murder him.
Joe got off the pool and went inside the house to clean afterwards, and then Maggie got off, which Arnold assumed that she just went inside to change, but that is when he heard the gunshot.
Arnold, who was visiting his brother that fateful night, told the jury that he heard the loud bang and his brother yelled "No" and "ahh, ahh, ahh". He ran inside, and in the kitchen he saw Joe "standing there, large red bleeding hole in his chest." Joe managed to say, "I'm so hot, I'm going to die."
Arnold told police that Maggie was nude and began screaming, "I have to kill him. Let me kill him." Arnold disarmed Maggie, who was holding a double barreled shotgun. His other brother, Kenneth Levine, tried to wrestle her in the backyard to restrain her for the police, but she managed to run away. According to a neighbor, she broke into a nearby house and stole a dress. She also told the two people there that she was escaping from her boyfriend who was trying to kill her and even asked not to call police.
Joe, who was 56 at the time, was taken to the University Medical Center, but did not survive the fatal gunshot wound on his chest.
The police, with the aid of a K-9 officer, spotted Maggie in the backyard of the same house she broke into that same night and arrested her.
The charges against her were first degree murder with a deadly weapon, first degree burglary, and first degree home invasion. A psych evaluation concluded that she was in control of her actions the whole time.
She is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, July 20.