An Arizona man has been arrested on murder charges related to the disappearance of a woman whose remains appeared on an Indian reservation more than two years after she went missing. According to federal court documents, Trey C. JamesD., 30, of Benon, Arizona, “was the last person to see the victim alive, on or in the early morning hours of July 1, 2019.”
An indictment of eight counts was revealed this week alleging that James was shot dead Jimmy Yazi, also from Benon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Arizona District. Yazzie was identified in James’ girlfriend’s criminal complaint. The federal court schedule indicates that James was arrested on Thursday.
The FBI previously said Yazzie worked as a nursing assistant. She was 31 years old when she died.
Court documents indicate that James and Yazzy were arguing about infidelity on the night of June 30, 2019 through the morning of July 1, 2019. It was later determined that Lizzie died of a “gunshot wound to the back of her head,” according to the criminal complaint. Federal prosecutors said in a press release that Yazzie’s remains were found in the Hopi Indian Reservation in November 2021.
The first two charges in the indictment against James allege different theories of murder. The first claims “premeditated” murder, and the second claims that the victim died using a firearm. Several other charges relate to alleged domestic violence and incidents of assault against other victims.
According to federal court documents, several witnesses told federal authorities that the accused had threatened Yezi with a gun several times in the past.
The criminal case summarizes the alleged facts as follows:
TRE JAMES was the last person to see the victim alive, on or in the early morning hours of July 1, 2019. Two witnesses, JN And the JTL He left TRE JAMES’ home, after seeing TRE JAMES and the victim together, with no one else at home. TRE JAMES and the victim were arguing about infidelity on the night of June 30, 2019 and early July 1, 2019. Although TRE JAMES was the victim’s boyfriend, JY [Jamie Yazzie]Apparently he halted efforts to contact her as of about 1:00 PM on July 1, 2019. On or before 1:13 AM on July 1, 2019, the victim’s phone was switched off or stopped working, and the family and the family’s efforts. Leave friends to call her unanswered. The victim did not show up for work on the morning of July 1, 2019 as scheduled and her co-workers did not see her again. The victim was shot in the back of the head. On the night of June 30, 2019 and early morning of July 1, 2019, I saw JN TRE JAMES with a gun. The victim’s blood was identified in the bedroom of TRE JAMES. Spent shell casings were also found there. In the days after July 1, 2019, TRE JAMES spent several days at his aunt’s house, where the family watched TRE JAMES act strangely. His sister saw him with a gun, and he was “aggressive, nervous, and terrified.”
According to the criminal complaint, the victim was staying in a house also occupied by the defendant’s grandmother. A search in that home revealed “a spent 9mm casing, a 0.22 spent cap, a red-colored substance that looked like blood on the floor, and a whitish substance that appeared to be a cleaning agent on the floor,” the complaint reads.
According to the complaint, the defendant’s sister provided essential evidence. She allegedly said that “on June 30, 2019, she received messages on Facebook Messenger from the victim, telling her that TRE JAMES fired two rounds, and chased the victim home.” She also allegedly said that the defendant “was aggressive, nervous, paranoid, and had a gun” in the week following the victim’s disappearance, and that the defendant claimed not to know the victim’s whereabouts.
The sister also allegedly told federal investigators that she had warned Yazzie not to date James.
The criminal complaint continues with a series of vile accusations. Yazzie is said to have been dating James when she was “lawfully” married to a man who was in prison at the time of her death. James was allegedly seeing or at least interested in another woman; It was said that Yazzie might have been seeing a man other than James.
Brother of Alizzi – defined in the complaint as JN Or by his nickname “Smurf” — and his girlfriend was allegedly hanging out with James and Yazzy at the night and morning in question, according to a 2019 JN interview cited in the criminal complaint.
“There were only four,” the document asserts. “The victim was guzzling. She was angry that TRE JAMES was cheating on her. The victim said she was leaving. TRE JAMES told the victim she needed to sleep.”
Neither JN nor his girlfriend wanted “to be there,” the document continues, “so they left early that morning, on July 1, around 2:00 a.m.” However, before they left, James allegedly told JN that he had He “cut” and showed JN a pistol and rifle.
The investigation continued. Sights and phones were searched. Two years have passed.
The complaint says Yazzie’s remains appeared on November 23, 2021, along with “a Pendleton-style blanket, blue tarp with rope, and other items” that were sent for forensic testing.
Then came another round of police interviews.
During an interview on January 26, 2022, James allegedly said that Yazzie left his company during the morning hours of July 1, 2019, along with her brother JN and her brother’s girlfriend. James allegedly denied having weapons and denied being “cruel” with Yazzie.
A subsequent interview with JN allegedly indicated that James “received a gun for his birthday”, that James showed JN the gun, and that JN heard Yazzie’s increasingly drunk claim that James “pointed the gun at her” and “actually tried to shoot me with it.” ”
James, according to JN, “tried to trigger it: He said it was a misunderstanding, he was just playing, and he pulled the trigger by mistake.” This is how the events of the evening went, according to the complaint.
After an additional conversation, James Wiazy, JN said he left the house with his girlfriend at the said time: between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. on July 1.
JN’s girlfriend, JTL, almost corroborated the story, the complaint says. But, she added, she saw “an array of weapons, including knives, swords, and what I thought was a hand-made rifle” in the house. JTL also said that the defendant and the victim were arguing.
The authorities believe that no one else saw Alizee alive after his early morning departure.
The Federals allege that James committed other crimes as well.
Several additional charges in this week’s indictment relate to a victim identified only as an intimate partner or dating partner initialed LS Three counts of the indictment allege that James choked or attempted to strangle. The fourth count alleges that James seized, confiscated, kidnapped, or held L. The count of five claims that James strangled or attempted to strangle. The sixth count also claims suffocation. Accidents involving LS are alleged to have occurred between June 1, 2019 and October 1, 2020.
The seventh count alleges strangling another intimate or dating partner who has been identified as Father On or about June 22, 2021.
An eighth count alleges that James assaulted another victim, identified as only RKwith a dangerous weapon and with intent to cause bodily harm on or about April 8, 2018.
James appeared in court on Thursday and another hearing is scheduled for August 9 in Flagstaff, Arizona, according to the US Attorney’s office.
Yazzie’s disappearance was investigated by the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety Criminal Investigative Services, the Navajo Nation Police Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Department of Justice.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Arizona District is committed to addressing the ongoing violence experienced by Native American families and communities in Arizona, including by working with tribal states to address significant issues related to missing or murdered Native Americans and business,” the office said. to this work as a priority for its law enforcement components.”
Read the criminal complaint, indictment, Department of Justice press release, and missing FBI poster for Yazzie in the reader below:
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