The arrest of Willis was the result of evidence collected at the scene where Navellez’ body was discovered, the interviewing of friends, family and acquaintances of the victim, and evidence collected during the service of search warrants on multiple homes. Three residences and one vehicle were searched. Willis was known to frequently stay at one of the residences. Evidence was located during the search warrants which was consistent with evidence at the scene. Evidence and interviews indicate this was not a random shooting incident. Detectives currently are investigating the possibility that drugs may have been a factor in this crime. Detectives are investigating the possibility that this homicide may have been in retaliation for a residential burglary to which Navellez may have been an involved party.
The cooperation of the members of the communities of Ashfork and nearby Kaibab Estates was a key part in quickly developing leads in the case. Resident deputies from Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office also were instrumental in developing leads and assisting Coconino County with the investigation.
Willis was booked on the charge of Premeditated First Degree Murder, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, and Prohibited Possession of a Firearm. His initial appearance is scheduled for 5/22/13.