On Tuesday in northern Arizona, a man was arrested in for his involvement in the Ashfork, AZ wrongful death murder of a male teenager.
53-year-old John A. Willias, of Williams, AZ, was apprehended for the homicide of 17-year-old Manuel "Boongy" Navallez, after the teenager's body was discovered on May 17 just to the south of the I-40/County Line Road off ramp.
Police detectives said that evidence indicated that the victim had died from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head, and that this was not a random shooting.
Evidence collected at the scene and during the service of search warrants on multiple houses and a vehicle, combined with the interviewing of the victim's friends, family, and acquaintances, led to Willis' arrest.
It was discovered that Willis had been known to stay at one of the searched residences on a frequent basis. Detectives also suspected that the homicide could have been retaliation to a burglary that Navellez may have been a member to, and also that drugs could have been a factor in the crime.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Coconino County Sheriff's Office worked together to develop leads in the investigation.
Willis was booked on charges of Premeditated First Degree Murder, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, and Prohibited Possession of a Firearm.
He is set to make his initial court appearance on May 22.
As an Arizona wrongful death lawyer, from time to time, you work with family members, the living victims of wrongful death murders.
There seems to be a strong suspicion of guilt coming from the authorities, and time will give us the answers as this case proceeds in the court of law.
Our Arizona wrongful death law firm sends our thoughts and prayers the family and friends of the teenager who was murdered.