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Williams man arrested in fatal shooting of teen

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities in northern Arizona say a Williams man is in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of an Ashfork teenager.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials say 53-year-old John A. Willis was taken into custody Tuesday.

He's being held on suspicion of premeditated first-degree murder, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and unlawfully having a firearm.

Authorities didn't immediately know Wednesday if Willis has a lawyer.

They say the body of 17-year-old Manuel "Boongy" Navallez was found last Friday south of Interstate 40 and it appears he died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Sheriff's detectives say evidence and interviews indicate it wasn't a random shooting incident.

They're investigating the possibility that the shooting involved drugs or was retaliation for a home burglary allegedly involving Navellez.

Related story: Body of murdered teen boy found east of Ashfork

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