Authorities have arrested a 35-year-old Las Vegas man in connection with the murder of a groundskeeper in Mohave County.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said on Saturday relatives of the property owner and Jose Isabel Licea-Mendoza went to the owner's property in the 12600 block of Kellkari Road, west of Dolan Springs.
While the relatives were sitting around a campfire they heard a gunshot. Licea-Mendoza walked up to the fire and told his brother-in law that he shot the caretaker, according to witnesses. Licea-Mendoza's sister is married to the owner's brother.
The brother-in-law found the caretaker unresponsive on the ground approximately 40 feet from the campfire.
Licea-Mendoza told the family members to go in the travel trailer on the property and on Sunday they returned to their Nevada homes.
MCSO said on Monday after Licea-Mendoza left the group, a family member notified the land owner who also lives in Nevada.
When MCSO detectives arrived about 4 p.m. Monday, they found a dug up area where the body was located about 200 feet from the travel trailer.
Licea-Mendoza was arrested and denied any involvement in the fatal shooting. He was booked into Mohave County Jail on a felony charge of first-degree murder. A 41-caliber gun was confiscated.
MCSO said they are awaiting autopsy results.
The victim, in his 40s, was from El Salvador. His identity is not being released at this time.
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