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The police makes use of Google search history, location data to suspect in Arizona homicide

Jorge Molina was arrested in connection with a March murder, police say.
(Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

An Arizona man was arrested in connection with a March murder after police discovered that his search history and the location of records that is offered by Google authorities said Tuesday.

Jorge Luis Molina, 23, was arrested Dec. 12 in the murder of Joseph Knight after the police obtained warrants to search in Google history, the Arizona Republic reported. Knight was found dead on March 14th from apparent gunshot wounds.

When the police investigated the murder, authorities discovered a white car driving away from the area where the Knight was killed. Avondale police requested the records from the Google accounts that were in the area at the time of the murder. One account belonged to Molina, 12 News reported.

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Molina appeared in the possession of a white Honda and a quest for the history allegedly also included the terms “sniper I-17” and “Phoenix shooter today,” 12 News reported, citing court documents.

Molina initially denied having any knowledge of a shooting or a murder had taken place, but when the search history, he does not provide an explanation to the authorities, the Arizona Republic reported, citing court documents.

The suspect was arrested at a Goodyear store where he worked and police have failed to find a gun or shell casings, the newspaper reported. Police allegedly marijuana and a glass pipe in the vehicle.

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Molina was arrested on suspicion of premeditated first-degree murder, discharging a firearm within city limits, discharging a firearm in a home, and drive-by shooting, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession. He was being held in Maricopa County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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