Trial set for 2 charged in tribal officer's death

Elijah Loren Arthur

Credit: Sketch by artist Maggie Keane

Sketch of Elijah Loren Arthur


by The Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 10:58 AM

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An Aug. 5 trial has been set for two men charged in the fatal shooting of a tribal police officer during a traffic stop on the outskirts of metro Phoenix.

Elijah Loren Arthur and Joey Michael Thomas have pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the May 24 death of 37-year-old Jair Cabrera of the Salt River Police Department.

Cabrera was shot at a convenience store where the stop was made.

Authorities say Arthur shot the officer before Cabrera even got out of his car.

Thomas is accused of supplying the rifle used in the shooting, driving the car stopped by Cabrera and baiting the officer into the stop.

Investigators say Arthur acknowledged shooting at the store's gas pumps but said he didn't intend to shoot Cabrera.


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