James R. Lapan

James Lapan

The case of a 2016 Tucson murder will be featured in an episode of "Dateline NBC" on Friday, Jan. 4.

The episode, titled "Stone-Cold," will take an in-depth look at the death of Nicolas Morelos. Morelos' body was found in his Tucson home in July of 2016.

James R. Lapan was found guilty in connection to the Morelos' death in October 2018, according Arizona Daily Star archives. Court records show Lapan was sentenced to life in prison.

The episode will air on NBC at 9 p.m.

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Contact reporter Danyelle Khmara at dkhmara@tucson.com or 573-4223. On Twitter: @DanyelleKhmara


Danyelle joined the Star in 2018 and covers K-12 education. Previously, Danyelle wrote for the Tucson Weekly where she won several statewide awards including story of the year and first place investigative reporting.