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Suspect indicted in the fatal shooting of UArizona professor

Murad Dervish is accused of killing Thomas Meixner, who led the college’s Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences and was an professional on desert water points.

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A former University of Arizona graduate scholar accused of fatally shooting a professor on campus earlier this month has been indicted on seven felony prices together with first-degree homicide, authorities mentioned.

Pima County prosecutors mentioned a grand jury on Tuesday additionally charged 46-year-old Murad Dervish with aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, possession of a lethal weapon by a prohibited possessor, endangerment and housebreaking.

Dervish is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. He stays held with out bond pending a court docket listening to Thursday.

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It was nonetheless unclear Wednesday if Dervish has been assigned a public defender for his case.

Dervish is accused of killing Thomas Meixner, who headed the college’s Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences and was an professional on desert water points.

Campus police mentioned the Oct. 5 shooting occurred inside the Harshbarger Building, which homes the hydrology division.

The relationship between Dervish and Meixner stays unclear, however a prison criticism mentioned a flyer with {a photograph} of Dervish had been circulated to college employees in February with directions to name 911 if he ever entered the constructing.

The criticism additionally mentioned Dervish was “expelled” and “barred from being on University of Arizona property” and he had been the topic of a number of stories of harassment and threats to employees members working at Harshbarger.

In a letter to college students and colleagues Monday, college President Robert C. Robbins mentioned campus police tried to get Dervish charged two separate instances earlier than the shooting and took the complaints to the county prosecutors however had been instructed there wasn’t sufficient proof.

“In neither instance did the facts of the complaint meet the evidentiary requirements for charging (Dervish) with the crime of threats and intimidation at that time,” County Attorney Laura Conover mentioned in an announcement.

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