Man pleads not guilty in murder of missing business partner

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Chad and Tamara Norris By Andrew Michalscheck Chad and Tamara Norris By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A man has pleaded not guilty in the murder of his business partner.

Chad Norris, 33, and his wife, Tamara Norris, 31, were arrested in September for their alleged roles in the murder of Jason Johnson, whose body has not been found.

Johnson, 45, and Chad Norris were co-owners of Scottsdale Auto Collision Center near Priest Drive and Elliot Road in Tempe.

Johnson was last seen on Sept. 14 at the business. Family members reported him missing three days later.

While investigating the missing person report, Tempe police learned Johnson and Chad Norris were in a fight over renovations at the auto shop.

Police conducted surveillance on Norris and his wife and saw them abandon a trailer. Detectives obtained a search warrant and said they found blood, shell casings and a wallet containing Johnson's driver's license inside the trailer.

Chad Norris was arrested for second-degree murder, while Tamara Norris was charged with felony hindering.

They both pleaded not guilty on Monday. They each have an initial pretrial conference scheduled for Nov. 26.