Monday, May 17, 2021

Bear River Triple Murder Suspect Returned to Humboldt

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2021 at 9:26 AM

The Loleta resident accused in the triple murder of a family at a home on the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria Reservation has been returned to Humboldt County more than three months after being arrested in Utah.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office states in a social media post that Mauricio Johnson, 19, arrived last night after being transported back by a team from the jail.

According to media reports, Johnson repeatedly fought extradition.

Johnson is accused in the shooting deaths of Nikki Dion Metcalf and Margarett Lee Moon, both 40, and Moon's 16-year-old daughter, Shelly Autumn Mae Moon. Moon and Metcalf had become engaged to be married on Christmas Eve, according to a post on Moon's Facebook page.

The deaths have deeply shaken the Bear River and Loleta communities. Shelly and Margarett Lee Moon both worked at Loleta Elementary School as aides, tutoring students and working in the afterschool program.
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