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Ashton then dropped the other man off at his own home and picked up another individual, who is identified in court documents as Ashton’s "accomplice."
The two drove to a secluded location in the Arizona desert and helped Eitner, who was still alive at that point, out of the truck.
"My accomplice then shot Mr. Eitner twice with a rifle, and at least one shot hit Mr. Eitner in the head," Ashton said in a plea statement. The accomplice pushed Eitner off an embankment, where he became wedged in a rock crevice.
Eitner’s body was discovered on March 11, 2011. An autopsy determined he died as a result of blunt force head trauma and a single gunshot wound.
The U.S. Attorneys Office said Wednesday it could not comment on whether an additional suspect — the alleged "accomplice" — was being sought in connection with Eitner’s slaying.
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