PHOENIX – Police believe a 6-year-old Phoenix boy found shot to death in an alley was killed because he either saw or heard his uncle shoot his father in the back of the head, according to a court document released Tuesday.
Sanitation workers found the body of 6-year-old Xavier Daniel Jaquez (HAH'-quez) in a Phoenix alley Dec. 14, one day after the boy's father, 27-year-old Angel Jaquez, was found dead in their south Phoenix home.
Angel Jaquez's brother, 19-year-old Christopher Licon, faces two first-degree murder charges in the killings. He was arrested Dec. 14 on unrelated drug charges, and police announced the new charges against him Monday after further investigation.
Licon is being held without bond at the Maricopa County jail because police believe he poses a threat to witnesses in the case and is a danger to society. It's unclear whether Licon yet has a lawyer. A request to interview him was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Police believe that on Dec. 13, Licon grabbed a gun from inside the apartment and shot Jaquez in the back of the head as Jaquez sat watching television, according to the court document.
Xavier was in the home at the time and either saw or heard the killing, the document said.
Police believe Licon then drove his nephew to a Burger King before taking him to an alley and fatally shooting him in the head. A partially eaten child's meal was found next to the boy's body, and the toy that came with it was found in the car Licon was driving, the document said.
Police believe Xavier was killed "because of what he knew," Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said. "We believe the 6-year-old had information that would have led us to the suspect, Christopher Licon."
Crump said the motive for Angel Jaquez's killing is still unclear. But he said Angel Jaquez and Licon's relationship was "rocky at best," and he said a "substantial amount of drugs" were found at the scene.
Both Licon and Angel Jaquez had criminal histories that included drug charges, and police said Licon moved into his brother's house three days before the killings.
The document said Licon, a construction management student at Arizona State University, told police he was at the Tempe campus' Hayden library studying for a final exam all day Dec. 13. But police said receipts and witnesses disproved that.
Police said witnesses reported seeing a man matching Licon's description forcibly taking the boy from the home shortly before the boy's estimated time of death.
"A witness who lives adjacent to Angel informed detectives that she heard Xavier cry, 'I wanna be with my dad. Please let me go,'" the document said.
The document also said Licon gave a Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun to a friend to hide the day of the killings, and later broke into the man's house and took the gun back from its hiding spot in a closet.
A court hearing for Licon is scheduled for Monday.
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