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Posted on: March 2, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives Investigate Murder

Update: 3/3/15 at 2:20 pm - Flagstaff, AZ; Coconino County Detectives continue to investigate the murder of 54 year-old Marvin Neal James that occurred at his home located in the Doney Park neighborhood. Investigators believe this crime occurred sometime between the late night hours of Wednesday, February 25, 2015 and the early morning hours of Thursday, February 26, 2015.

On Friday, February 27, 2015 at approximately 5:00 pm 43 year-old Susan Joy Jacobson came to the Law Enforcement Administration Facility and initially spoke with a Flagstaff Police Officer who subsequently referred her to speak with a Sheriff’s Deputy. When Susan met with the deputy, she informed him that she shot and killed Marvin Neal James. She further disclosed that his body was still inside their home. While the interview continued, deputies went to the residence, looked through a window and observed what they believed to be Mr. James’s body. A search warrant was obtained for the residence.

While interviewing Susan Jacobson detectives obtained a general description of the location of the gun used in the commission. On Saturday, February 28 members of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit conducted an evidence retrieval line search in the area Jacobson described. They located a handgun that was wrapped in plastic and buried.

Susan Joy Jacobson remains in the Coconino County Detention Facility on a $500,000. While in custody, she gave birth to a second child she has in common with James. The couple also has a three year old.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation and conducting additional interviews.

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Media Release from 2/28/15 at 3:15 pm - Flagstaff, AZ; Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives are investigating the murder of a 54 year-old man that occurred at a home located in the Doney Park Neighborhood. Investigators believe this crime occurred sometime between the late night hours of Wednesday, February 25, 2015 and the early morning hours of Thursday, February 26, 2015.

On Friday, February 27, 2015 at approximately 4:00 pm a 43 year-old woman arrived at the Law Enforcement Administration Facility and initially spoke with a Flagstaff Police Officer who subsequently referred her to the Sheriff’s Office. When the woman met with a deputy, she informed him that she had shot and killed her husband, and further disclosed that the victim’s body was still inside their home. While the interview continued, Deputies went to the residence, looked through a window and observed what they believed to be a deceased human body. They did not enter the home until a search warrant was obtained.

The suspect was incarcerated at the Coconino County Detention Facility on Friday night for one count of Second-Degree Murder and three counts of Tampering with Evidence. She is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.

Sheriff’s Investigators are in the process of contacting numerous individuals who are believed to be investigative leads in this case and interviewing them. Both the victim’s and the suspect’s names are being withheld until such time that the release of additional information will not adversely affect the outcome of the criminal investigation. It is anticipated that additional information will be available on Monday.

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Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089

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