Jesus Busso Estopellan Admits to Murdering ASU Pre-Med Student and Friend
An arrest has been made in the murders of an Arizona State University student and his friend earlier this week.
Read about the murders of pre-med student Tyler Webster, 18, and 19-year-old Olek Wladyszewski here.
Jesus Busso Estopellan was picked up yesterday after police discovered text messages exchanged between him and Wladyszewski just before the shooting.
He admitted to police that he arranged to meet the two men before fatally shooting them both.
Mesa Detective Mike Melendez tells New Times that "based on statements made by the suspect, it appears to be drug related."
About 1:15 Wednesday morning, Webster called Mesa police to report that both he and Wladyszewski were shot as they sat in his car as it was parked near Southern Avenue and Crismon Road.
When police got to the scene, they found Wladyszewski -- who was in the driver's seat of his friend's car at the time -- dead. Webster, who reported the shooting to police, was unresponsive. He was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center in critical condition. He was pronounced dead shortly after.
According to court records first obtained by the Arizona Republic, ASU police executed a search warrant on Webster's apartment in April and found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Additionally, Wladyszewski was arrested in May after telling police he was robbed of $500. It was determined he earned that money by selling weed, which prompted a search of his car where police discovered marijuana, cocaine, and a semi-automatic pistol. He was scheduled to have a preliminary court hearing on July 8.
Busso, 21, admitted to police that arranged to meet the two and then shot them both.
He's been booked on two counts of first-degree murder.
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