Murder suspect arrested at MCAS Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. – A man wanted for a fatal shooting that took place in Denton, Texas on New Year’s Eve was arrested Tuesday morning at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma.

4:11 p.m. – All times local

Eric Jamal Johnson appeared in court Tuesday afternoon, the same day he was arrested.

A Yuma County judge ordered no bail, no bond.

If Johnson waives his extradition rights, he could be held at Yuma County Detention Center 30 to 45 days. However, if he decides to fight any extradition he could be held in Yuma County for 90 days, in which case the governor of Texas would need to issue a warrant requesting extradition from Arizona.

It is unknown if Johnson has legal representation.

1:30 p.m.

Eric Jamal Johnson was booked in the Yuma County Jail Tuesday afternoon. He is making his court appearance, where he will learn if he is waiving his extradition rights.

1:03 p.m.

Denton Police officials say Eric Jamal Johnson along with other passengers shouted sexually derogatory remarks at Sara Mutschlechner and her passengers while driving. Eventually both cars came to an intersection where the shooting happened.

Investigators found the gray Honda Pilot Johnson was driving with the help of surveillance video and now have that car in custody.

Officers say they were able to zero in on Johnson’s location at MCAS Yuma by tracking social media outlets.

The people who were in the car with him during the shooting are also persons of interest according to Denton Police.

Johnson does not have any prior incidents with law enforcement.

The weapon used during the shooting has not be recovered.

11 a.m.

The U.S. Marshalls arrested Corporal Eric Jamal Johnson in connection to the shooting death of 20-year-old Sara Mutschlechner.

According to Captain Jose Negrete, Johnson is an active Marine stationed at MCAS Yuma assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1.

Mutschlechner was a student at the University of North Texas.

Denton Police Department officials say they are still piecing together the shooting.

MCAS officials say Johnson has not been booked to Yuma County Jail.

More details to come.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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