Kyleigh Sousa Murder Suspect Held on $1 Million Bond

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Joseluis Marquez is being held on $1 million bond.
The suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Arizona State University student Kyleigh Sousa is being held on $1 million bond, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Superior Court announced this morning.

Joseluis Marquez was arrested Tuesday night at the home of a friend in Phoenix.

Police say Marquez is responsible for the dragging death of Sousa.


On May 26, police say he approached Sousa and a friend outside of an IHOP restaurant in Tempe. Marquez, police allege, grabbed Sousa's purse and drove off -- with Sousa tangled in the purse straps.

Sousa was dragged 30 feet. She sustained head and neck injuries, and later died at a Valley hospital.

The car he allegedly used to drag Sousa to her death, a 2008 Dodge Charger -- similar to the vehicle described by witnesses of the murder -- was also located and has been impounded by police.

According to the probable cause statement obtained by New Times, Marquez rented the car in California prior to the murder. He was spotted driving it by a traffic camera in Tempe 16 days before Sousa was killed, on May 10.

Other passengers in the car at the time of the murder have been identified by police, but haven't been charged with a crime -- yet.

According to the probable cause statement, the other passengers identified Marquez as the person driving the car -- and the person who grabbed Sousa's purse -- the night of the murder.

Marquez was booked on one count of first degree murder. However, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says his office will review the case to determine whether the evidence could support a first-degree murder charge.
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First degree shows intent to commit murder right? I don't feel as though we should go lightly, but there was no intention to kill. It was a terrible accident, but when we sacrifice the rules of law for a strict penalty of one law breaker, we also sacrifice the definition of laws put in place to protect people that do crimes of a lesser degree. For instance. If tomorrow I were J-walking and caused an accident in which someone died. If I had run from the police, should I be convicted of first degree. Be honest. This was petty theft with the worst possible outcome.

mike
mike

@Ericksonjordan48: This is first degree murder. Reckless indifference to an unjustifiably high risk to human life is sufficient for first degree murder intent. Also a death during the commission of a felony (felony murder) will get you a first degree murder charge / death penalty option.

LostinAZ
LostinAZ

Short drop, dry rope, on a hot day.

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Thedelaneyfamily
Thedelaneyfamily

The murder took place May 26. The photo radar ticket was dated May 10.

fernsaccl
fernsaccl

i think this punk should get a base ball bat to the face

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