Man charged in 2017 fatal shooting of homeless man

Posted at 12:18 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 16:17:39-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Police say a man who complained about the transient population in his neighborhood is accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in a Phoenix tunnel in July 2017 before he discarded the gun and threw away the clothes and shoes he was wearing.

Phoenix police arrested John Bachler on Nov. 16 in connection with the homicide. A probable cause statement shows authorities say Bachler had spelled out his intentions to kill a homeless person on social media, saying he would "kill a transient if he could get away with it."

Online court records don't list an attorney for Bachler who could comment on the allegations.

Bachler faces a charge of first-degree murder and aggravated harassment, the latter stemming from a case related to his ex-wife.
Police say a medical examiner noted the victim, Joshua Jackson, had been shot multiple times.