A Second Arrest Made in 2005 Cold-Case Murder of Victorville Man

A Second Arrest Made in 2005 Cold-Case Murder of Victorville Man

APPLE VALLEY – Nearly 12 years following the shooting murder of a Victorville man both suspects are now in custody authorities said.

On November 27, 2005, the body of Noel Cornelius, who was only 23-years-old at the time was found in the desert several miles southwest of Dale Evans Parkway off the 15 freeway in an unincorporated area of Apple Valley. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds. Cornelius was found to be married to Rebekah Dawson at the time of his death. Rebekah had to brothers, Malachi Dawson and Isaac Dawson.

The case eventually went cold, but in 2012, homicide detectives assumed the investigation. Through witness interviews, they determined that Noel was last seen alive in the Apple Valley apartment of the Dawson brothers, Malachi and Isaac. At the home also at the time was Michael Marshall, now 33, of Moultrie, Georgia. All evidence was re-examined and on September 11, 2017, Malachi, 32, of Chino Hills, was arrested for the murder of Noel and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for Murder.

On August 17, 2017, Isaac Dawson was interviewed in Pennsylvania. The following day Michael Marshall was interviewed in Georgia. On October 11, 2017, Marshall was arrested for murder and booked into the Colquitt County Jail in Moultrie, Georgia. On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, additional interviews were conducted in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On Friday, November 3, 2017, Marshall was extradited back to San Bernardino County and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for murder.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Adam Salsberry or Sergeant Greg Myler, Homicide Detail (909) 387-3589.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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