Accused killer arrested in Mesa on various charges

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Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 9:48 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A man facing trial for the stabbing death of a Scottsdale nightclub bouncer has been arrested on weapons and alcohol charges in Mesa.

Ian Alexander MacDonald is being held without bond after his initial appearance Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

"I'm certain it's not going to look good for him at all," says Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato.

Mesa police say the 27-year-old MacDonald also was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of intent to assault, disorderly conduct and other charges.

Police say it began with a dispute between  McDonald and his girlfriend. "It initially started between Ian and his girlfriend, one of our victims," says Sgt. Landato. "During that initial argument she was struck. Also a couple of dogs she owns were kicked or, according to her, thrown."

Police say he also flashed a handgun during the altercation.

They say MacDonald was earlier cited by a park ranger for drinking alcohol and reportedly pointed a gun at a Mesa couple.

MacDonald was accused of killing ex-Arizona State football player Tyrice Thompson outside the Martini Ranch in January 2013.

He pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. MacDonald was released pending an April 9 trial with conditions that prohibited him from possessing a weapon or consuming alcohol.

Man accused of fatally stabbing former ASU football player back in jail

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