Three Rim Country residents have been indicted along with a Mesa woman and an Apache Junction man in connection with a July 25 drug deal that ended in a double homicide.
On Aug. 8, Nikki Small, 30, Timothy Bunting, 30, and Kylan Rubio, 25, all of the Payson area, were charged with attempted possession of narcotic drugs, with Rubio also facing two counts of manslaughter, said Kostas Kalaitzidis, public information officer with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.
Police say Small, Bunting and Rubio met up with Tabatha Mutchner, 25, of Mesa, and Thomas Sandquist, 54, of Apache Junction, at an Apache Junction RV park near Ironwood Drive and Superstition Boulevard, for a prescription drug deal.
Inside a trailer, gunfire erupted and Jamie Mountain, 22, of Mesa, and Edward Reagan Jr., 42, of Apache Junction, were shot dead.
Small, Bunting and Rubio fled the scene, returning to their omes in the Rim Country.
Police arrested all three in Payson just a day after the shooting.
Then on Aug. 4, Apache Junction police arrested Mutchner with a grand jury indicting her Aug. 15 on two counts first-degree felony murder and attempted armed robbery.
Finally, on Aug. 20, police arrested Sandquist in connection with the shooting.
Kalaitzidis said prescription drug deals are a growing problem in Apache Junction.
“People think they are harmless because they are prescription drugs,” he said.
“But it is becoming a big issue here.”
Bunting was a former Payson High School football star.
Small formerly worked as a security officer at a local business and is the daughter of a former police officer.