James Manker

James Manker

BULLHEAD CITY — A Superior Court judge Wednesday set bond at $1.2 million for a man accused of the Tuesday-morning fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

James Paul Manker, 28, of Mohave Valley, was arrested Tuesday morning after he reportedly called a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher and reported the shooting.

Tina Marie Stimmell, 56, was found dead inside the couple’s residence from an apparent gunshot wound, MCSO spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said.

Deputies arrived at the residence in the 9000 block of Needles Drive, she said, and Manker exited the home without incident and was taken into custody. Deputies then entered the home and, during performance of a safety sweep, found Stimmell’s body. Deputies turned the scene over to detectives, who began their investigation.

Manker was booked into the Mohave County Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree murder and made his first court appearance, by closed-circuit video from the Mohave County Jail in Kingman, on Wednesday afternoon.

Superior Court Judge John Moss set a Feb. 8 preliminary hearing in the case; if Manker bonds out, the hearing will take place Feb. 19. 

Moss also ordered the defendant to submit a DNA sample.

Manker appeared confused at times, but told Moss he understood the charges against him and the conditions of any release.

Moss appointed a public defender to represent Manker.

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