ARIZONA NEWS

2nd man charged with murder in death of man burned at Phoenix homeless encampment

May 26, 2023, 4:00 PM

Image of a jury box to illustrate story on grand jury charging Dave Jacuan Kahlil Dinkins with murd...

(Pixabay Photo)

(Pixabay Photo)

PHOENIX — A second man has been charged with murder in the death of man whose body was burned in a downtown Phoenix homeless encampment in March, authorities said Friday.

Dave Jacuan Kahlil Dinkins, 23, was indicted Tuesday on counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping, arson and concealment of dead body, all felonies, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced.

Dinkins is accused of restraining and killing a man who lived in the homeless encampment known as the Zone. The man’s burned remains were found in a large trash bin near 11th Avenue and Madison Street the morning of March 21. The victim’s identity couldn’t be determined because of his condition.

“This indictment is indicative of the hard work that prosecutors in this office put on every case, every day,” County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said in a press release.

“Bringing justice to victims, no matter the circumstances, is the mission of this office.”

Isaiah Malik Baskin, 19, was previously charged in the case. A grand jury indicted him March 28 on counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and arson.

Baskin pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing April 10. His trial is set to begin Nov. 30.

Dinkins’ arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, and his trial date is Jan. 25, 2024.

Another man was arrested in connection with the case in March, but he hasn’t been indicted.

The Phoenix Police Department is still investigating the case.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

cop lights...

KTAR.com

2 injured, including MCSO deputy, after collision in Glendale

Two people, including a county deputy, were injured Wednesday morning following a collision involving two vehicles in Glendale.

8 hours ago

Phoenix firefighters work to extinguish fire. (Phoenix Fire Department)...

Brandon Gray

At least 21 displaced after alley fire spreads to Phoenix homes

At least 21 people have been displaced after two house fires Tuesday evening near the area of 16th and Oak streets. 

8 hours ago

Stock photo of a rainbow Pride flag. Tempe, Arizona, police are investigating an incident where the...

Brandon Gray

‘Hate has no place in Tempe:’ City Hall Pride Flag burned, police investigating

Tempe police are investigating an incident where the City Hall Pride flag was taken from a flagpole and burned Wednesday. 

8 hours ago

(Facebook Photo/City of Apache Junction Government)...

Delaney Penn

Apache Junction rehabilitates monumental sign that was damaged due to wildfires

Apache Junction has rehabilitated a monumental sign on the northeast entrance of State Route 88 that was damaged by wildfires.

8 hours ago

(Twitter Photo/@azfooodbanks)...

KTAR.com

Maricopa County resource directory to be absorbed by 211 Arizona

Maricopa County resource directory Find Help Phoenix will soon be absorbed by 211 Arizona to continue providing resources to individuals.

8 hours ago

Aerial view of Riggs Road and State Route 347 interchange. (Arizona Department of Transportation Ph...

KTAR.com

New bridge considered for SR 347 at Riggs Road in south Chandler

Transportation officials are looking for ways to improve traffic flow and safety on State Route 347 between metro Phoenix and Maricopa.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Desert Institute for Spine Care

Spinal fusion surgery has come a long way, despite misconceptions

As Dr. Justin Field of the Desert Institute for Spine Care explained, “we've come a long way over the last couple of decades.”

(Photo: OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center)...

OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center

Here’s what you need to know about OCD and where to find help

It's fair to say that most people know what obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders generally are, but there's a lot more information than meets the eye about a mental health diagnosis that affects about one in every 100 adults in the United States.

(Photo by Michael Matthey/picture alliance via Getty Images)...

Cox Communications

Valley Boys & Girls Club uses esports to help kids make healthy choices

KTAR’s Community Spotlight focuses on the Boys & Girls Club of the Valley and the work to incorporate esports into children's lives.

2nd man charged with murder in death of man burned at Phoenix homeless encampment