Phelan #teen connected to 2015 #slaying to face #murder, robbery #charges

PHELAN — An 18-year-old accused of murdering a 58-year-old Phelan man three years ago, when he was a minor, will now face those charges as an adult, according to court records.

Court records show Jacob Andrew Bock, of Phelan, was charged with murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and a slew of sentencing enhancements for using a firearm — all in connection to the slaying of Louis John Merrigan III in late August 2015.

Merrigan’s body was found outside next to a motorhome on his property in the 12000 block of Hacienda Road on Aug. 24, 2015. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Division investigators determined a 15-year-old boy, now identified as Bock, allegedly killed Merrigan.

Roughly a week after Bock’s arrest, investigators arrested 29-year-old Kyle Patrick Comrie, of Anaheim, after also connecting him to Merrigan’s death. Comrie was also charged with murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, court records show.

Bock and Comrie are accused of breaking into Merrigan’s property to rob him, the criminal complaint alleges. Bock “personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, a rifle, which caused great bodily injury and death to [Merrigan].”

Bock was initially held in custody at juvenile hall, but he was transferred to an adult facility upon his 18th birthday, per court orders. He’s now in custody at the West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $1.75 million bail, according to court records.

Sheriff’s officials have remained tight-lipped on the circumstances of the murder and whether Bock and Comrie had connections to Merrigan. No other details have been released.

Bock and Comrie have both pleaded not guilty to all charges, court records show. Their next court appearance isn’t scheduled until next January.

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