Robert Nicolai update: Man arrested in death of 19-year-old found near Phoenix canal

PHOENIX - Officials have arrested a 20-year-old man after a body was found near a canal on Tuesday.

According to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson, 20-year-old Robert Nicolai was arrested after he allegedly shot 19-year-old Isaiah Orantes after the two were involved in an illegal drug transaction.  

Officers responded to 47th Avenue and Cholla Street around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night after getting reports of shots fired.

Officers responded to the scene but did not find anything.

Officials received a call 30 minutes later from an individual who found a man's body in a canal bank in the same area, Thompson said.

Nicolai was booked on first degree murder charges.

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