Winters Murder Suspect Surrenders After Vegas Standoff, Talking To CBS13

LAS VEGAS (CBS13) — The man accused of killing his girlfriend in Winters has surrendered after a standoff as  a Las Vegas home, and called CBS13’s Derek Shore.

William Gardner III entered a home on Monday night that had three people inside–two adults and a 3-year-old girl.

The standoff ended at around 12:40 a.m. PST on Tuesday.

Last month, Leslie Pinkston was sitting in a black BMW SUV at 312 Railroad Avenue near Edwards Street, when someone fired three shots into the vehicle at close range, according to Winters Police.

In the days after the shooting, it was revealed that the victim had filed a restraining order against him.

A police negotiator in Las Vegas was on the line for a significant portion of Gardner’s conversation with Derek Shore earlier in the evening.

“I know that even if I tell police the full story, the full story is never going to come out,” he said. “That’s just how the cookies [sic] crumbles. It never comes out. Just like certain things—oh they’re walking around on the roof again.”

Gardner was likely referring to SWAT team members who were outside.

We spoke to both of the adults who were in the apartment with Gardner. Neither said they were being held against their will. The man left, but the woman remained in the bathroom, trying to talk Gardner down.

Shore asked if this is how he wanted to be remembered, because as Gardner spoke, he was concerned he was being misjudged.

“Those that know me, they actually know me. They know who I am; they know how good I am; they know how solid I am as an individual,” he said. “You know, who don’t know me, they can only speculate.”

A U.S. Marshals deputy came to the newsroom just before the start of our 10 p.m. newscast.


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