PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A man was arrested after police said he murdered a homeless man because he was angry about the increase in the homeless population around his north Phoenix neighborhood.
John Adam Bachler was taken into custody on Nov. 16.
The investigation started when detectives found Joshua Jackson shot to death inside a drainage pipe near 31st Avenue and Deer Valley Road on July 4, 2017. Police said he was killed between 6:30 p.m. on July 3 and 8 a.m. on July 4.
Investigators said they found information that Bachler lived nearby and had become increasingly upset at the number of homeless people in the area and made threats that he would "kill a transient if he could get away with it."
Police said after officers found out Bachler lied about owning a gun, they interviewed him about the night of the murder again. He said he was drunk, armed with a handgun and was walking in the area of the murder to confront homeless people on July 3, 2017. He said Jackson startled him, so he shot toward him five times.
After the shooting, Bachler told people he disassembled his gun and threw the pieces in different trash cans, according to court documents.
When he saw on the news days later that Jackson had died, Bachler threw away all his clothing from that night, police said.
Bachler admitted to shooting the victim but said it was an accident. He also said he knew what he did was wrong and asked investigators to tell Jackson's parents he was sorry for what did, police said.
The 36-year-old was booked on one count of first-degree murder. He was also booked on one count of aggravated harassment for sending text messages to his ex-wife who has an order of protection against him, police said.
Bond was set at $250,000.