Man charged with murder in deaths of brother and nephew

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A man faces murder charges in the deaths of his brother and 6-year-old nephew.

Christopher Licon, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder charges in connection to the murders of his 27-year-old brother, Angel Jaquez, and Jaquez’s son, Xavier.

Jaquez’s body was found Dec. 13 in his apartment near 29th Street and Broadway Road. Xavier’s body was found the next morning in an alley behind his mother’s house near 65th Avenue and Indian School Road.

Licon faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping. He had been arrested on unrelated drug charges in mid-December but was formally charged with murder on Monday.

Police said there was "bad blood" between Licon and his older half-brother, Jaquez.

"We believe this 6-year-old was killed because of what he knew or because of what he had seen earlier in the day," said Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department. "We believe that this 6-year-old somehow and in some way was a witness to his father's murder and because of that his life was taken in the alley behind his house."

Paperwork shows police believe Licon grabbed a gun from inside the apartment and shot his brother in the back of the head as he watched television.

The document says Xavier either saw or heard the killing, and that's when Licon took him to Burger King before taking him to the alley and shooting him.

Police said they gathered significant forensic evidence linking the suspect to the murders of his brother and nephew.

-The Associated Press contributed to this report.