Jose Vizcara

Jose Vizcara

KINGMAN — A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a double murder in Fort Mohave.

Sheriff’s detectives arrested Jose Eduardo Vizcara, 28, of Bullhead City, on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of abandonment of a dead body, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Susan Callahan.

Vizcara is being held in custody on a $7.5 million bond.

Vizcara had been taken to jail on unrelated charges after allegedly trying to elude Bullhead City police around 5:30 p.m. Monday while driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

Vizcara’s codefendants, Francisco Javier Romero, 26, and Lamya Lynn Bencheqroun, 26, were arrested Feb. 2 and indicted last week by a grand jury on two counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping and abandonment of a dead body.

Romero and Bencheqroun, both from Bullhead City, are being held in custody without bond.

A defendant convicted of first-degree murder faces the death penalty, natural life in prison, or life with the chance of parole after 25 years.

Romero, Bencheqroun and Vizcara were arrested in connection with the Jan. 10 slayings of Mona Carter, 51, and Daryl Ward, 22, both of Bullhead City. Their bodies were discovered near a burned-out vehicle in the desert east of Fort Mohave. The investigation into the murders is ongoing.

Romero is also charged in another case with 10 counts of forgery and one count of fraud. He is expected to be arraigned on those charges Monday. The charges involve the forging of stolen checks from a Bullhead City bank that occurred Nov. 28.

Romero is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct with a weapon, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia after being arrested Dec. 10 following a dispute that began in Fort Mohave and ended in Bullhead City.

He allegedly fired shots at two people during an argument over a vehicle’s ownership. He was allegedly in possession of two handguns and drugs when arrested. His next hearing in that case is set for Feb. 20.

Romero is charged in a fourth case with possession of a vehicle with a defaced vehicle identification number, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police searched his car Jan. 17 and allegedly found drugs, forged documents and stolen property near Marina Boulevard.

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