William George Porter (Pinal County Sheriff

William George Porter (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office)

A 73-year-old man in Arizona was arrested over the weekend for allegedly fatally shooting his 66-year-old next-door neighbor a few weeks after the victim — who had recently become his landlord — served him with notice that he was being evicted. William George Porter, who had allegedly been planning the shooting for weeks, was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with one count of first-degree murder in the slaying of Fredrick Bevington, authorities announced.

According to a press release from the Apache Junction Police Department, AJPD officers at about 1:17 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 responded to a residence located in the 400 block of South Ironwood Drive, which is about 30 miles east of Phoenix. Upon arriving at the address, first responders secured the scene and located an adult male victim — later identified as Bevington — who had suffered a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police quickly located a 73-year-old suspect — later identified as Porter — inside his home, which was located next to the victim’s residence. Police were able to safely evacuate residents in the surrounding area as Porter, who was armed, refused to leave his home.

“After several attempts to peacefully persuade the suspect to exit the premises, he discharged two rounds before ultimately complying with our instructions and is now in custody,” police said in the release.

Police noted they were informed that the incident between Porter and Bevington “arose from a neighbor dispute.”

Authorities provided additional information about the circumstances of the shooting in a probable cause affidavit obtained by Law&Crime.

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