Las Vegas Metropolitan Police received a tip in July that Prestipino may have been involved with a woman who went missing on May 31, according to KSNV.
She then walked toward Prestipino's address.
"Prestipino rented a U-Haul, and the victim's body was dumped in the desert", Chief Deputy District Attorney Pamela Weckerly reportedly wrote in court papers.
Police believe Gonzalez was strangled and injected with a poisonous substance before her body was disposed of near Interstate 15. When he went to her home, he found the lights on, and noticed the place looked ransacked.
Gonzalez, who reportedly worked in the adult entertainment industry, lived less than a mile from Prestipino's home.
Documents allege Ms Gonzalez's killers went to great lengths to hide her death.
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According to the prosecution, one witness told the police that "Esmeralda was at Christopher's house, and he ended up getting her high on methamphetamine".
He was freaked out when she "started acting freaky and speaking in the devil's tongue", the tipster reportedly instructed cops.
According to the Daily Mail website, once Gonzalez was inside Prestipino's home, Prosecutors said she was 'left tied up to a bedpost for an extended period of time.' When Prestipino untied Gonzalez she punched Prestipino, and threatened to call police and report he had drugged her.
The man thought she was dead, but after a while, she woke up and started punching him.
The prosecution also apparently identified another suspect - Cassandra Bascones, "also known as Cassandra Garrett, Cassandra Tran and Nikki Hart" - who is "believed to have participated in the killing" but hadn't been arrested yet. She was arrested on August 27. Mort was already arrested her for aiding and abetting, Prestipino was only a week ago, caught as he was coming back from a trip to Belize.
She was being held at the Clark County Detention Center on an unrelated case when police questioned her about Gonzalez's disappearance in mid-September, according to a Metro Police arrest report. Before his capture, Christopher Prestipino was heard telling Lisa Mort not to talk with anyone in taped jail phone calls, the sources report.