RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- News 4 has learned new information about the man who was arrested Sunday after he told police he killed a woman at a Reno motel. The same man was on parole after being convicted of killing another one of his partner’s decades ago.
On Sunday afternoon, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in a motel room on Fourth Street. When police arrived, Zollie Edward Dumas told police he killed a woman inside the motel room. News 4 learned that not only was Dumas recently paroled after murdering his fiancée nearly 26 years ago, the Nevada Department of Public Safety Parole and Probation tells us the woman Dumas allegedly killed on Sunday was his live-in girlfriend.
The 61-year-old Dumas was granted parole last June and released from prison on November 12th, according to Nevada Parole Board Records obtained by News 4. Dumas was serving more than 20 years for the 1988 murder of his fiancée in Southern Nevada. An interview request with the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners was declined, and News 4 received the following statement from Chairman Connie S. Bisbee:
"The Board of Parole Commissioners is deeply saddened about the tragedy that occurred on Sunday. Because the Board has jurisdiction over parole violations, it would be inappropriate to comment or further discuss matters specifically related to this parolee or his alleged criminal act."
Dumas, who suffers from a mental deficiency, was first granted parole in 2009, but it was revoked the following year after he was found guilty of misdemeanor battery during an altercation with another resident at a homeless shelter. So he returned to state prison, where he had been until November. The Board sent the following statement on how they decide if an inmate is eligible for parole:
"With respect to the parole process, each inmate is considered for release based on factors specific to his or her case. The board considers the institutional adjustment of each inmate to include disciplinary history as well as program participation, prior criminal history, and release plans."
The board said they were aware when Dumas was granted parole in 2013 that he had served almost 25 years in prison on the underlying crime. They said their decision to grant him parole was based on his actions:
"He (Dumas) had a positive institutional record and had stable release plans as reasons for granting parole."
The Nevada DPS Parole and Probation said Dumas had been reporting to the Reno office monthly and was considered to be in compliance. The board said its goal in all cases is that offenders selected for parole are able to successfully reintegrate back into the community.
Dumas is currently booked in the Washoe County Jail on a parole violation pending the investigation. No court date has been set and he's being held without bail.