Crossbow homicide suspect held to answer on two felony counts
EUREKA- A Humboldt County judge ruled Wednesday that one of the suspects involved in a fatal crossbow shooting will be held to answer. It was day two of suspect 20-year-old Phoenix King’s preliminary hearing and the judge ruled there to be sufficient cause, therefore making King held to answer on two felony counts.
In Sept. police said King and his alleged 16-year-old accomplice shot and killed a man with a crossbow and injured another out in the Samoa dunes. Wednesday morning a Humboldt County detective took the stand and according to what the teen told police, their campsite was robbed just a few days prior to the shooting.
Police also said King and the teen left the dunes to go into Eureka for a night and returned the following day with crossbows and was then confronted by one of the victims, James John James, 44, on a hiking trail.
The teen told detectives James threatened to kill them both and sexually assault her, which is when king allegedly shot the fatal arrow.
Both King and the teen are being charged with two felony counts, one for murder and one for attempted murder. He is due back in court on Dec. 17 and it is still unknown whether the teen will ultimately be charged as an adult or a juvenile.