Teen charged in shooting death of dad

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Josiah Israel Mueller

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 2023 S. Puma Circle at about 2:40 p.m. after receiving a 911 call with no response on the calling end. Dispatcher's attempted to call the number back but the line was busy.

Deputies then tried to contact the residents inside the home but there was no answer. Deputies went into the home through an unlocked door. They discovered a deceased man lying on the floor.

"At this point it appears that at least one gun shot was fired," said James Jarrell, detective sergeant of western operations for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Jarrell said Mueller was not at the home when deputies arrived but he later returned with friends after the scene was secured.

Jarrell said Meuller did not confess to officers but was arrested and charged because of the evidence at the scene of the murder.

"He invoked his Miranda rights and wasn't questioned," Jarrell said.

It appears that Mueller lived with the father at the time and, "it doesn't appear that there were any other family members present at the time, but that's not confirmed," Jarrell said

Jarrell said an autopsy was scheduled for Saturday and more information on the exact cause of death will be available after that.

Jarrell said the investigation is ongoing and two teams of Yavapai County investigators are involved in the case.

"There are so many aspects involved," Jarrell said. "We distribute our resources."

Mueller is now in custody at the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde. He had an initial court appearance Friday morning where bond was set at $1 million. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the Verde Valley Justice Court.

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