PHOENIX (AP) - A man who complained about the transient population in his neighborhood is charged with fatally shooting a homeless man in a Phoenix tunnel in 2017, police said.
Phoenix police arrested John Bachler on Nov. 16 in connection with the homicide. Authorities say Bachler had spelled out his intentions to kill a homeless person on social media, saying he would "kill a transient if he could get away with it," according to a probable cause statement filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Bachler who could comment on the allegations.
Bachler faces a charge of first-degree murder and aggravated harassment, the latter stemming from a case related to his ex-wife. Bachler allegedly sent threatening texts and emails to his ex-wife who had obtained an order of protection against him in October.
A medical examiner noted the victim of the shooting, Joshua Jackson, had been shot multiple times, police said. After the killing, they said Bachler discarded the gun and threw away the clothes and shoes he was wearing.
Detectives reviewed surveillance footage from a gas station near the shooting scene on July 3, 2017, and realized Bachler was there, walking past with a gun, according to the probable cause statement.
Bachler, in an interview with investigators, said he killed Jackson, though he claimed it was an accident after he was startled by him, according to the probable cause statement. Bachler asked the police to tell Jackson's family he was sorry for what he did, the statement says.
Bachler is in custody at a Maricopa County jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.