UPDATE: Teen murder suspects in Flagstaff attend court

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Two of 3 suspects attended court

UPDATE: Monday, July 14

FLAGSTAFF - Three teenagers jailed on first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed robbery charges in Flagstaff are being held on $1 million bond.

They're accused in the slaying death of 16-year-old Justin Jackson, whose body was found in a forest clearing last week.

Police arrested Flagstaff residents Jesse Collier, Benjamin Hamilton and Micah Neumann on Saturday. Collier and Hamilton are 18, while Neumann is 17. They made an initial court appearance Sunday where the bond amount was set.

Police say Jackson was was apparently shot, but they haven't revealed a possible motive.

UPDATE: Sunday, July 13

FLAGSTAFF - Police in Flagstaff say they've made three arrests in the slaying of a teenager whose body was found in a forest clearing on Thursday night.

Detectives probing the death of Justin Jackson, 16, of Flagstaff said that they arrested Micah Neumann, 17, Benjamin Hamilton, 18, and Jesse Collier, 18, on suspicion of first-degree homicide, armed robbery and kidnapping. All three suspects live in Flagstaff.

They are being held on $1 million bond.

It appears that the victim suffered a gunshot wound, according to the Flagstaff Police Department. The cause of death will be determined by the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office. Police haven't revealed a motive.

A police statement says detectives are executing search warrants on four homes and three vehicles and following up on several leads in the case.


FLAGSTAFF -- The body of a teen was found in a forest area in Flagstaff late Thursday night.

The body of Justin Jackson, 16, of Flagstaff, was discovered in a clearing in the forest just off of Woody Mountain Road.

The cause of death is under investigation.

The death is being investigated as a homicide.