Gemologist Shares Limo Ride With Accused Killer

A routine limo ride to The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas turned out to be a memorable trip for gemologist and appraiser Rodney Ackerman when his ride companion later appeared on national television as the main suspect in a murder. Ackerman was in Las Vegas assisting his wife, jewelry designer Carol Ackerman, who was exhibiting at the show. On the last day of the show, June 7, Ackerman left his hotel at about 9:30 a.m. to catch a taxi to the Sands Convention Center. “Carol and I knew it was going to be a slow day, so I decided to hang out in the room for an extra hour, and she took the rental car and went to the convention center to set up alone,” he told JCK. “There was a short line but no cabs. Then there was this guy asking for anyone to share a limo over to the center. … I really don't like to do that. … But I agreed and jumped in the limo with him and his associate.” The “

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