Man arraigned in Texas on murder charge; student slain

Associated Press

Denton, Texas — An ex-Marine accused in the New Year’s Day fatal shooting of a college student in Texas has been arraigned on a murder charge after being returned from Arizona.

Denton police say 20-year-old Eric Johnson was booked into the Denton County Jail early Thursday. Bond was later set at $1 million.

Johnson was arrested Jan. 5 in Yuma, Arizona, on a murder warrant.

He’s accused in the death of Sara Mutschlechner. Police say the 20-year-old University of North Texas student was shot in the head after an exchange of words between people in her vehicle and five men in an SUV in Denton. Investigators say Johnson was driving the SUV.

The Marines discharged Johnson following his arrest.

Police had no immediate information Thursday on an attorney to speak for Johnson.