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Defendant in Fort Mohave double-murder back in court

November 14, 2018

KINGMAN — A Bullhead City man charged in a January double-murder in Fort Mohave was back in Superior Court on Tuesday.

Jose Eduardo Vizcara, 29, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of abandonment of a dead body.

Vizcara’s attorney, Julia Cassels, said she recently received several hundred pages of evidence.

She asked for an additional $2,000 for her investigator and asked if she could receive a larger amount since she has exhausted the funding for investigators.

The prosecutor in the case may send Vizcara’s criminal case back to the grand jury to be re-indicted, Cassels said.

Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert set Vizcara’s next hearing for Dec. 17.

Vizcara, Francisco Javier Romero, 26, Lamya Lynn Bencheqroun, 27, Robin Denise Reid, 50, and Lucas Wayne Shankles, 22, are charged in the Jan. 10 murders of Mona Carter, 51, and Daryl Ward, 22, both of Bullhead City.

Romero and Reid’s next hearings are Monday.

Bencheqroun’s next hearing is set for Nov. 26.

Shankles’ murder trial is set to begin March 12, with a pre-trial hearing set for Feb. 25. Shankles’ next hearing also was set for Nov. 19.

Romero is charged with 23 other counts in four other cases, including armed robbery, forgery, fraud, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct with a weapon, possession of a vehicle with a defaced vehicle identification number and drug charges.

Romero is being held on a $10 million bond for the murder charge. Reid and Vizcara are held on a $7.5 million bond; Bencheqroun is held on a $5 million bond; and Shankles is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

A sixth codefendant, Justin Todd Maxwell, 36, is charged with arson of a structure and hindering prosecution.

On Jan. 10, Romero, Bencheqroun, Vizcara and Shankles allegedly duct taped the victims and drove them in a SUV to the desert east of Fort Mohave. Maxwell reportedly came and picked up the suspects and allegedly burned the SUV.

Carter was found in the SUV with a single gunshot to her head. Ward was found nearby, shot three times in the torso, police reported.

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