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A convicted felon out of prison on probation has been charged in the slaying of a 29-year-old Arizona woman who was stabbed 15 times, according to authorities.
Zion Teasley, 22, of Phoenix, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in connection with the April 28 death of Phoenix resident Lauren Heike on a hiking trail in the city, according to the New York Post.
Bail was set at $1 million cash for Teasley, an ex-Marine who was arrested Thursday after he already had purchased a ticket for a flight to Detroit.
Prosecutors said multiple pieces of evidence connected Teasley to the killing, including his own words.
“That’s me,” he said when shown images from a video police used to search for Heike’s killer, according to police documents in the case, per the Post.
Police asked him if he had planned to kill Heike.
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