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Deputies make arrest in homicide on NW side

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 20:33:48-04

Pima County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested 35-year-old James R. Lapan Jr. in connection with a homicide on the northwest side that happened Monday.

Lapan, 35, was apprehended during a traffic stop on Pinal Air Park Road just west of I-10 on Friday morning at around 4:25.

He is charged with 1st degree murder and was booked into the Pima County Jail. 

Deputies have identified the deceased man as 45-year-old Nicolas Morelos. 

According to Deputy Courtney Rodriguez with PCSD, Morelos was found inside his home with obvious signs of trauma.

A call came in around 9 Monday morning from the Morelos' girlfriend. She came over to his house because she hadn't heard from him that morning like she normally does. 

The investigation is still ongoing.