Yuma Marine confesses to murder

Yuma Marine confesses to murder

YUMA, Ariz. –

Monday, January 11

Johnson remains in custody at the Yuma Adult Detention Center. He is still awaiting extradition .

The man tied to the fatal shooting of a University of North Texas student is now set to be extradited back to Texas.

4:36 p.m.

Denton Police officers say Eric Jamal Johnson has admitted to being responsible for the death of 20-year-old Sara Mutschlechner. Investigators interviewed Johnson in Yuma where he requested that officers expressed sympathy to the victim’s family and sorority sisters on his behalf.

Investigators say they have recovered a hand gun but are unsure if it is the weapon used in the shooting that happened New Year’s Eve.

Four males who were with Johnson during the shooting are cooperating with the investigation and have also been interviewed by Denton Police. Officers say the four men are now witnesses in the investigation.

Denton investigators say they have 10 days as of Friday to transport Johnson from the Yuma County Detention Center to Denton County. 

11 a.m.

A status hearing for Corporal Eric Jamal Johnson’s extradition was initially set for Monday, January 11, however he made an appearance in court this morning. His name was added to the docket at the Yuma County Superior Court as a last minute add-on.

In court,  Johnson’s attorney stated that he is refusing to answer any questions unless an attorney is present. Johnson is now set to be extradited and will be transferred into the custody of agents from the state of Texas.

A status hearing for his extradition will be held on February 3, 2016. However, Johnson’s attorney says he will already be in Texas at the time of this scheduled hearing and it will most likely be vacated.

The Marine Corps said Friday that Johnson has been discharged from the Corps under “other than honorable conditions” because of the accusation.

In court Thursday, Johnson’s attorney announced he is waiving his extradition rights. He is currently being held without bond.

Johnson will now be facing murder charges for the shooting of 20-year-old Sara Mutschlechner in Denton, Texas.

Denton police say they feel confident Johnson is the shooter, however, they are still questioning the other four passengers present in the car as part of the ongoing investigation.


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