PHOENIX (AP) — Court records say two people charged with murder in the death of an Arizona State University professor told investigators they lured him into the desert under the expectation that he would pay money for sex.
Investigators say Javian Ezell and Gabrielle Austin instead planned to rob Jun Seok Chae. Ezell is accused of striking Chae in the head with a hammer on March 25 during a struggle after Chae refused to hand over money.
Investigators declined to say whether Chae was in fact lured into the desert over the prospect of sex. Ezell’s attorney, Brian Borrelli, declined to comment.
Austin’s attorney, Samuel Doak, didn’t return a call seeking comment.