Special to Iredell Free News

Mooresville police investigators have arrested a third suspect in the murder of Cornelius resident Jacob Dean Koury in Magla Park.

The suspect, a 16-year-old juvenile whose name cannot be released at this time due to their age, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force and Mooresville Police Department detectives at a residence in Salisbury on Wednesday.

The juvenile has been charged with first-degree murder and was placed in a juvenile detention center. More charges pertaining to this case may be filed against the juvenile suspect at the appropriate time during the judicial process, police said in a news release.

Koury, 23, died from a gunshot wound at the park on August 11, police said.

Jessica Cheyenne Nichols, 18, of Mooresville and James Samuel Jones Jr., 34, of Huntersville were both arrested earlier in the investigation and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

MPD detectives have worked countless hours throughout this investigation to identify and apprehend those involved in Koury’s homicide. The MPD was assisted by the U.S. Marshals Service, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. The assistance of these organizations, along with information received from the community, assisted in quickly solving this crime and taking those involved into custody, according to the news release.

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