Denton police said Wednesday they've identified the four others in a vehicle when a UNT student was shot dead, but that none of them face charges for now.
UNT student Sara Mutschlechner was shot in the head on New Year’s Eve after a verbal altercation on the road between people in her car and those with U.S. Marine Eric Johnson. Johnson, 20, was taken into custody Tuesday in Yuma, Arizona when he reported for work at the Yuma Air Station.
Police said they don't have any information that could allow them to arrest the other four occupants.
“They may have taken part in the banter back and forth but whether or not they knew that he was going to commit a violent act or an illegal act, we have to determine that,” said Denton Officer Shane Kizer.
Denton police said they are still looking for the murder weapon they believe Johnson used to kill the student.
Police searched the SUV that Johnson and the four people were in, but didn't say what was recovered.
Mutschlechner's Hyundai was also in police impound with a bashed front end and a shattered windshield due to the exit mark of a bullet.
Johnson on Wednesday was awaiting extradition from Yuma.
“If he waves extradition that could speed the process up two or 3 days,” Kizer said. “If he doesn't chose to waive extradition there will be a hearing and that will spread it out to a week or two or even longer.”
In a text message to FOX 4, Mutschlechner's father said," I don't know why... but I have not felt the anger yet. Maybe it will come. All is about Sara right now. There will be justice."
Her family held a visitation for her in her hometown of San Marcos. Her funeral will also be there on Thursday.