Edward Little — Where We Learn The First Rule of Murder “Be a Cop.”

Henderson Police Officer

Edward Little Teaches Us all…

How to Kill Your Lover’s Husband

Ruslan Zhgenti knew his marriage was in trouble. For several months he has suspected his wife, Sabina Iskenderova, of having an affair. Still, the 38-year-old Russian immigrant still had hopes of reconciliation. And even if that wasn’t possible he was determined to be a good father to his son, who was just about to turn three. In order to avoid his wife’s volatile temper and often violent outbursts, Zhgenti decided to move out of the home the couple owned on the quiet Via Sarafina Drive in Seven Hills, an upscale development south of Las Vegas. Despite spending his nights elsewhere, Zhgenti would come and go freely from the two-story stucco home he and his wife purchased in 2001.

On September 18th, 2010, Zhgenti pulled his late-model Toyota sport utility vehicle in the driveway just after 1 a.m. He entered the home as he had done almost daily since he and his wife separated, using his own key. The exact details of what happened next remain unclear, but we do know that when Zhgenti entered the bedroom he had until recently shared with his wife, she was there with her lover. Moments later, Zhgenti lay dead on the floor of his bedroom, his wife’s new lover holding the smoking gun.

While some might recognize this age-old tale of a cheating wife enlisting her new lover in a murderous plan to kill her husband, authorities didn’t see it that way. Despite several neighbors and family members telling police Zhgenti had unrestricted access to his home, the police believed what the cheating wife and her lover, himself a married man, told them: ” Zhegenti surprised them when he suddenly charged into the bedroom his gun drawn, enraged, intent on killing both his wife and the man in bed with her.”

Yet, despite Little’s claims he was surprised by his lover’s husband sudden appearance in the room, gun drawn,  Iskenderova told police her new man was able to reach for his personal firearm, which he conveniently had with him, pull it from the holster, release the safety,  and fire four shots into the cuckold — four shots before Zhgenti, with gun in hand, was able to fire a single shot.

If you are wondering why the police who responded to this tragic scene believed the dirty duos’ story so completely, accepted it as gospel truth, so that neither was even taken into custody for questioning. The answer is simple. The cheating wife’s cheating lover was off-duty Henderson Police officer Edward Little. Little who had only been on the force for two years was taken at his word that he acted in self-defense and the case was closed in a matter of days.

What Edward Little and the Henderson Police DEpartment told the residents of Southern Nevada.

Timur Durdyev, Zhgenti’s brother, said that he was disappointed but not surprised that no real investigation was conducted in his brother’s death. He said it seemed from the onset that police and the district attorney’s office determined to accept the lover’s story, despite its many holes. Durdyev thinks the witnesses in the shooting probably conspired against his brother.

There were only two witnesses, my brother’s wife and the cop,” Durdyev said. “They were just going to defend each other. They both got busted doing a mutual thing.”

Little is still employed with the HPD at a cost to taxpayers of more than $108,000 last year

13 thoughts on “Edward Little — Where We Learn The First Rule of Murder “Be a Cop.”

  1. I get angry every time I think about this case. Whenever someone’s spouse is killed the detectives always want to know if there was infidelity in the relationship. Adultery establishes a motive or, at the very least, points to a pattern of dishonesty. But none of this matters when the victim is killed by the cheating wife’s lover who happens to be a cop? Police didn’t even investigate this–they just took the lying cop at his word…as if that was worth anything. Just as infuriating is the stupid fucking public who just accepted this “self-defense” bullshit as fact! What is the matter with the people of Las Vegas? How is it with all the evidence to the contrary, people still believe that most police officers are decent and honest? I am convinced that Edward Little got away with murder. I am hoping that, in time, with the help of websites like this one not letting the public forget about Mr. Zhgenti, citizens will demand that Officer Little be held accountable for his crime.

    • I believe that most of the public does not want to admit that the castle laws (meaning self-defense laws, make my day laws, etc.) are often claimed and allowed to pass, unchallenged, when actual murders are involved. I became aware of this kind of thing in late 2007 when my own grandson was shot to death five days before his court date as a prosecution witness. The prosecutor quickly released his killer, and the incident was said to be one of self-defense. This happened in Oklahoma, and the public accepted it (are you surprised?). The newspapers noted that he was a pending murder witness but never said a word about the fact that interstate drug trafficking (of meth) between McKinney TX and the Durant OK area was the probable issue behind the murder of Tristan York, which my grandson witnessed. The drug deal had taken place only hours before York was murdered. The two killers were about the same age, were bikers and came from the same small north Texas community. Now that’s a lead worth investigating, but the silence continued even after several editors were confronted with that information along with other hard facts and what was actually in the official records, especially the ME report. Say goodby to the era of investigative reporting! A lot of newspaper editors do not have the guts to pursue serious issues. The castle laws do protect some individuals who are forced to fight for their lives, but they also pose a well-documented danger to innocent individuals. I invite you to visit my blog concerning castle law failures. Go into the following website and click into the blog page (on the menu bar, right beneath the panorama of Cotter’s cliffs):


      As for the Henderson NV incident, I have to say that it carries the “…anywhere you have a right to be ” concept to its absurd extreme. I, too, believe it was a murder. More than anyone, the DA deserves to be booted from office, but don’t get your hopes up because a lot of Nevada citizens want to keep their castle law. Prosecutors are distinctly political animals. Don’t lose sight of that fact.

      • John,

        From your comment, I see I was lacking in not offering up the applicable Nevada Statues to help those who do not live here to fully see the context of this incident. I have crossed out NRS 200.140 Justifiable homicide by public officer. since the DA and HPD agreed that Little’s actions occurred while off-duty.

        Note the bold text in NRS 200.170. Both the Henderson Police Department and the former DA never applied that standard. But “former DA” is the Key phrase. Our former DA who choose not to charge any of the officer’s in the Hall of shame, left his position mid-term to take a position as counsel for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association. The part time position is rumored to pay in the six figures.

        NRS 200.120 Justifiable homicide” defined; no duty to retreat under certain circumstances.
        1. Justifiable homicide is the killing of a human being in necessary self-defense, or in defense of habitation, property or person, against one who manifestly intends or endeavors, by violence or surprise, to commit a felony, or against any person or persons who manifestly intend and endeavor, in a violent, riotous, tumultuous or surreptitious manner, to enter the habitation of another for the purpose of assaulting or offering personal violence to any person dwelling or being therein.
        2. A person is not required to retreat before using deadly force as provided in subsection 1 if the person:
        (a) Is not the original aggressor;
        (b) Has a right to be present at the location where deadly force is used; and
        (c) Is not actively engaged in conduct in furtherance of criminal activity at the time deadly force is used.
        [1911 C&P § 129; RL § 6394; NCL § 10076]—(NRS A 1983, 518; 2011, 265)

        NRS 200.130 Bare fear insufficient to justify killing; reasonable fear required. A bare fear of any of the offenses mentioned in NRS 200.120, to prevent which the homicide is alleged to have been committed, shall not be sufficient to justify the killing. It must appear that the circumstances were sufficient to excite the fears of a reasonable person and that the party killing really acted under the influence of those fears and not in a spirit of revenge.
        [1911 C&P § 130; RL § 6395; NCL § 10077]

        NRS 200.140 Justifiable homicide by public officer. Homicide is justifiable when committed by a public officer, or person acting under the command and in the aid of the public officer, in the following cases:
        1. In obedience to the judgment of a competent court.
        2. When necessary to overcome actual resistance to the execution of the legal process, mandate or order of a court or officer, or in the discharge of a legal duty.
        3. When necessary:
        (a) In retaking an escaped or rescued prisoner who has been committed, arrested for, or convicted of a felony;
        (b) In attempting, by lawful ways or means, to apprehend or arrest a person; or
        (c) In lawfully suppressing a riot or preserving the peace.
        [1911 C&P § 131; RL § 6396; NCL § 10078]—(NRS A 1975, 323; 1993, 931)

        NRS 200.170 Burden of proving circumstances of mitigation or justifiable or excusable homicide. The killing of the deceased named in the indictment or information by the defendant being proved, the burden of proving circumstances of mitigation, or that justify or excuse the homicide, will devolve on the accused, unless the proof on the part of the prosecution sufficiently manifests that the crime committed only amounts to manslaughter, or that the accused was justified, or excused in committing the homicide.
        [1911 C&P § 134; A 1951, 524]

    • The Clark County District Attorney at the time Ed Little murdered his girlfriends husband was David Roger. David Roger left his position as District Attorney after this ‘non arrest, no charge because the killer was a police officer’ and became an employee of the Clark County Police Union — Police Protective Association. (http://lasvegassun.com/news/2011/nov/02/more-das-departure-meets-eye/)

      The Clark County politicians and citizens should sue Roger individually for not fulfilling his fiduciary responsibility to his employer, Clark County and citizens.

      But the Clark County politicians and citizens continue blindly down the path of ‘no laws to prosecute police’ and they settle millions of dollars of wrongful death lawsuits annually with taxpayer dollars.

      The police and their friends in the District Attorneys office should not be allowed to act as ‘police, judge, jury and executioner’.

    • Hadley… as a former Henderson news reporter, since retired after the case was closed, I’m looking at the witness interviews (Little and Sabina) and providing proof to Ruslan’s brother that the investigation was a sham based on conflicting stories and evidence. The story is not dead; the information is being provided to Ruslan’s brother, Timur Durdyev, so he can pursue legal action to have the D.A. re-open the case and quite possibly file charges against the police officer. At the very least, Little could be charged with voluntary manslaughter; this based on NRS definitions.
      You’re quite right when you say this case was dismissed too early by all authorities. One tidbit based on actual HFD reports: Fire Station 98 that responded to the 9-1-1 call is only two miles away from 3038 Via Sarafina — normally a 6 or 7 minute drive — yet it took more than 26 minutes for the fire vehicles to show up at the crime scene. And this was in the middle of the night when traffic is very slight. Although believed to be killed instantly by Little, if fire personnel had arrived in that 6-7 minute window, Ruslan could have possibly survived the shooting. Does that make the fire department culpable? Perhaps.
      Keep looking for more on Timur’s story; it’s not going away.

  2. Thanks for the supporting information. I hate to say this, but the odds are good that you’ll never see justice done in this case. As in my grandson’s shooting death, a member of the law enforcement/criminal justice community did something really inappropriate, but high ranking cops and court officials tend to look out for each other. A person in Durant Oklahoma, someone who is in a position to know, told me that the DA or one of her assistants had allowed the illegal release of a prisoner named Bobby Don Mullinix. Mullinix then killed Tristan York about nine hours after being set free. That was the murder that my grandson witnessed, and it happened less than a day after both York and my grandson were involved in interstate drug trafficking between McKinney TX and Durant OK. Mullinix, a prior drug trafficker known for violent tendencies, was not eligible to make bond because a judge had already remanded him to prison for violating parole! Maybe the DA already had too much on her plate and opted to sweep a second murder under the rug. Even if my source is wrong and the DA wasn’t the one who allowed the release of Mullinix, for sure someone in law enforcement/criminal justice turned loose a violent criminal — a probable psychopath, and whoever did that should be held accountable. It will never happen. I have the feeling that something much larger was being protected. A lot of people will say that my grandson got what he deserved for being involved in criminal activity, but what does it mean when a court system refuses to go after someone who has killed a prosecution witness? Does that show commitment to take down the drug dealers? This kind of thing is probably the reason why we lost the war on drugs. It is happening across America day by day.

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  7. I’m following up on my earlier reply to this story of wrongdoings in Nevada. I had compared it with what happened to my grandson in Durant Oklahoma in 2007. I believe my grandson’s death was the second of two drug-related murders. The first was perpetrated by Bobby Don Mullinix within about nine hours of being released, illegally, from the Bryan County Oklahoma jail. Rumor had it that the DA engineered the release, but less than a week ago, quite by accident, I found the details of that ill-begotten release of a prisoner through the KTEN TV archives. I wasn’t even looking for that kind of information!

    Oklahoma judges and prosecutors are virtually above the law, and I know that nothing will come of the travesty of justice that caused Tristan York to die violently (and probably in turn, my grandson, Faron Wright). But just for the sake of following through, here is what I found. My added comments to the parts within quotation marks are in square brackets:

    Documents found through TV Station KTEN support my contention that Emily Redman caused the ill-advised release of Bobby Don Mullinix. By the way, Mullinix has already received a parole review even though he supposedly was sentenced to life without parole.

    “According to court documents, in May of 2003 [i.e., well before the York murder], Mullinix was sentenced to 10 years. However, he only was required to serve 13 months in prison, the remainder of his 10 year sentence was probated. [But] Officials say he violated his probation and was ordered to serve four years in prison, without bond.

    Sheriff Sturch believes court documents from that hearing were never delivered to jail administrators, however, court records show one copy was mailed to the jail on March 15th.

    According to court documents, the Bryan County District Attorney [Emily Redman] recommended a $5,000 bond be set for a[n] un-related drug charge out of Fannin County, Texas. When jail officials looked at the documents, they thought he [Bobby Don Mullinix] could be released on that bond.

    Sheriff Sturch has requested the OSBI or FBI investigate the matter.”

    In hindsight it sounds as if the FBI and OSBI never investigated the matter, and if so, the sheriff’s request carried about as much weight as my own request to the FBI regarding Faron Wright’s suspicious shooting death and its relationship to interstate drug trafficking. Faron was the critical prosecution witness for the murder trials of Bobby Don Mullinix and Charles Bussey, but he was shot to death, unarmed, five days before his court date. The prosecutor, Emily Redman, the very one that was going to use Faron’s testimony ruled “self-defense” and turned the killer loose.

    I strongly suspect the obstruction of justice by a court official. A mere $5,000 bond is rather kind treatment for a rapist and murderer like Mullinix. Why would Emily recommend ANY bond if she knew that a judge had already ordered Mullinix to serve four years in prison without bond? It seems pointless to do that unless she was trying to deceive the jail administrators into releasing him! She surely would have known that his release was likely if the only thing in their hands was her recommendation for a $5,000 bond. Also, why would the sheriff request outside help if he didn’t think serious wrongdoing was involved? The Sheriff may have been the only good guy in the entire filthy affair.

    The main point here is that Emily apparently caused the illegal release of Bobby Don Mullinix, and that had been my strong intuition when I wrote the book “Legalized Killing: The Darker Side of the Castle Laws.” I just didn’t have the detail of the above quotation from KTEN’s records until a few days ago. The document was hard to find owing to its keywording, not to mention all of the active suppression of information that I encountered in dealing with officials and others who could have helped but refused to talk. I had missed this information in earlier searches, but this time I simply blundered into the article while pursuing a subject that was entirely unrelated.

    This case in Oklahoma really stinks, but in comparison I believe the Nevada killing has the greater stench.

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