Lucas Shankles

Lucas Shankles

KINGMAN — A third Bullhead City suspect charged in a January 2018 double murder pleaded guilty Friday.

Lucas Wayne Shankles, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping. He originally was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. 

Shankles was one of six people charged in connection with the deaths of Mona Carter, 51, and Daryl Ward, 22, both of Bullhead City.

Under the plea agreement, Shankles will be sentenced to prison from five to 12.5 years for each kidnapping charge. The two sentences could be served concurrently or consecutive to each other.

Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert will sentence Shankles on July 19.

Shankles’ codefendant, Robin Denise Reid, 50, remains charged with two counts of murder and two counts of kidnapping. A third suspect, Lamya Lynn Bencheqroun, 28, is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of abandonment of a dead body.

Jose Eduardo Vizcara, 29, pleaded guilty in April to two kidnapping charges. Two counts of first-degree murder and six other charges were dismissed. Vizcara was sentenced in May to 24 years in prison.

Francisco Javier Romero, Jr., 27, pleaded guilty in December to murder and kidnapping. He was sentenced in February to life in prison without parole for 25 years for the murder charge and an additional 15 years in prison for the kidnapping charge.

On Jan. 10, 2018, the five defendants allegedly stripped Ward naked and tortured him for information about stolen drugs while Carter also was tortured because the suspects believed she was a police informant. Ward and Carter then were driven at gunpoint in an SUV from a Bullhead City house into the desert off El Rodeo Road in Fort Mohave.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jaimye Ashley previously said that Bencheqroun shot Ward, who tried to escape from the vehicle only to be shot several more times. Romero then shot Carter, according to the prosecution. 

Justin Todd Maxwell reportedly arrived later and picked up the five suspects, and allegedly burned the SUV. Maxwell is charged with arson of a structure and hindering prosecution.

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