- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Sept. 25 sentencing date has been set for a man who pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting death of a tribal police officer during a traffic stop in metro Phoenix.

Joey Michael Thomas pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree murder in the May 2014 death of Jair Cabrera of the Salt River Police Department.

Thomas acknowledged supplying the rifle used in the shooting and driving the vehicle that was pulled over in the traffic stop.

Thomas said in his plea agreement that another man, Elijah Loren Arthur, fired the rifle that killed Cabrera.

Arthur faces a Sept. 1 trial on a first-degree murder charge in Cabrera’s death.



He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

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