UPDATE: 6th person arrested for double homicide in Mohave County

UPDATE JUNE 15: A new arrest has brought the grand total of the number of people arrested for a double homicide in Fort Mohave earlier this year to 6.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, two bodies were located near a burning vehicle in the desert area east of Fort Mohave on Jan. 10, 2018.

The victims were identified as 51-year-old Mona Carter and 22-year-old Daryl Ward, both residents of Bullhead City. The sheriff's office believed that the homicides were related to drugs at the time.

22-year-old Lucas Wayne Shankles of Bullhead City was the most recent person to be arrested. He was arrested for two counts of 1st degree murder and two counts of kidnapping.

The other five are Francisco Javier Romero, Lamya Bencheqroun, Jose Vizcara, Robin Reid, and Justin Todd Maxwell have all been arrested for charges related to the incident. All 6 suspects are currently incarcerated in the Mohave County Jail. 

UPDATE MARCH 29: 36-year-old Justin Todd Maxwell of Bullhead City was arrested on charges of hindering prosecution, arson, and abandonment of a body in connection with the double homicide that happened on Jan. 10. He, along with the other four suspects, are currently incarcerated in the Mohave County jail.

UPDATE FEB. 26: The Mohave Daily News reports that a grand jury indicted 49-year-old Robin Denise Reid on two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping last week. She is the fourth person to be charged in the case.

UPDATE FEB. 13: 28-year-old Jose Eduardo Vizcara has been arrested in this case.


MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. (KTNV) -- Two people were arrested in connection with a homicide in northwest Arizona last month.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Bullhead City residents Francisco Javier Romero and Lamya Lynn Bencheqroun, both 26, Friday afternoon for two counts of 1st degree homicide, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit murder and 2 counts of kidnapping. 

Two bodies were found Jan. 10 near a burned vehicle in a desert area east of Fort Mohave.

They were later identified the victims as 51-year-old Mona Carter and 22-year-old Daryl Ward, both of Bullhead City.

Sheriff's officials say investigators have been looking into a possible drug connection surrounding the homicides.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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