Police: suspect robbed, killed coach after online meeting

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by The Associated Press & Jared Dillingham

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Posted on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 9:40 PM

PHOENIX  -- Police in Arizona have charged a man with the murder of a Phoenix College football coach, 59-year-old Thomas Jacobsen.
 
The Peoria Police Department says 30-year-old Justin McMahan was arrested Wednesday. He faces charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed robbery, stemming from the July 17 shooting of Jacobsen.
 
McMahan was booked into the Maricopa County jail.

Jacobsen had been the college's head football coach since 2008. He died Tuesday from his injuries in the shooting.
 
Police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto says McMahan and Jacobsen had arranged a meeting at Jacobsen's residence where the shooting occurred.

"This was the first face-to-face meeting these two had.  As of now, we don't believe this was a recruiting meeting or anything like that.  The suspect was there to rob the victim," said Amanda Jacinto of the Peoria Police Department.

On a 911 call, Jacobsen tells the operator he invited McMahan over to his house for a drink.

Colleagues and players at Phoenix College are stunned by Coach Jacobsen's murder, and remember him as a devoted coach.

"Football was his life, his passion.  From sun up to sundown," said athletic director Samantha Ezell.

Jacobsen is a former quarterback at Division II Central Oklahoma. He also served as the head football coach at Scottsdale Community College from 1993-1995.

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