Two men charged with murder in Des Moines slaying

Yancy Freland, 46, left and Bryan Norris, 26, right (KCRG)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - UPDATE 10/22: Authorities say they've identified two suspects in the slaying of a man whose body was found in a homeless camp near downtown Des Moines.

Police say they've charged 46-year-old Des Moines resident Yancy Freland and 26-year-old Bryan Norris, also of Des Moines, with first-degree murder. Their attorneys in unrelated cases declined to comment Tuesday.

Freland already was in custody on a probation violation. Norris has been in custody since Sept. 13, charged with assault on a police officer.

The remains of 23-year-old Marshal Johnson were found Oct. 8 in a wooded area behind an abandoned manufacturing plant.

Police say Freland and Norris shot Johnson sometime after July 26 and say Norris cut Johnson's neck. Police also say the two tried to burn his remains and then buried them.

ORIGINAL: Police have identified the person whose remains were found last week in a homeless camp near downtown Des Moines.

Police said Tuesday in a news release that the remains are those of 23-year-old Marshal Aaron Terrell Johnson, of Des Moines. Police say the identification was made through “an extensive forensic examination.”

Detectives are investigating Johnson’s death as a homicide. His remains were found Oct. 8 after police received a tip that led investigators to a wooded area behind an abandoned manufacturing plant. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said at the time that the body had been “cleverly concealed.”

Police have not yet shared other details of how Johnson died and say the body was likely in the area for a few months.