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North Coast pair charged in crossbow slaying

  • Phoenix Triton King (LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

A homeless man and a 16-year-old girl were charged with shooting two fellow transients with a crossbow, killing one and injuring the other, prosecutors said Thursday.

Phoenix Triton King, 20, faces murder and attempted charges and the girl, whose name was not released because she's a minor, faces an additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon, Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney Elan Firpo said.

Firpo said evidence indicates King fired a single arrow at 44-year-old James John James' face on Sunday, killing the man.

The second victim, Matthew Blaine Lewis, 41, suffered arrow wounds to the head, hip and leg.

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