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Robert Jones, Seven-Time Murderer, Executed

Robert Jones, Seven-Time Murderer, Executed
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A man convicted of seven murders was executed today at the state prison in Florence.

Robert Jones, 43, is the second inmate to be put to death in the state this year.

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-Edward Schad, 71, Is the First Arizona Inmate Executed This Year

Jones and an accomplice, Scott Nordstrom, went to rob a smoke shop in Tucson in May 1996.

Jones shot a customer in the head upon entering and also shot an employee, who survived. Nordstrom also killed an employee before the two got the money and left.

A couple of weeks later, the two carried out another robbery, at the Firefighters Union Hall in Tucson. Jones fatally shot three people there, and Nordstrom killed a woman who couldn't open the safe.

Nordstrom's brother, who was a lookout for the men during the smoke shop robbery, ratted them out to police. However, by the time that happened, Jones already had murdered another man in Phoenix and was arrested in that case.

Including the two people Nordstrom killed in the robberies, Jones was convicted of seven murders, and received the death penalty for six of those. He was sentenced to life in prison for the Phoenix murder. Nordstrom's still on death row.

In addition to Jones' death sentences and life sentence, he was sentenced to years upon years of prison time for convictions related to the murders.

You can see all the information on Jones provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections on the next page:
 

INMATE 070566 JONES, ROBERT

Date of Birth: December 25, 1969
Defendant: Caucasian

On May 30, 1996, Robert Jones and Scott Nordstrom entered the Moon Smoke Shop in Tucson. Jones immediately shot a customer in the head; one employee escaped, two others were shot at by Jones behind the counter (one was injured but survived and the other was not hit), and another employee was executed by Scott Nordstrom with two shots to the head. Money was taken which was shared with lookout David Nordstrom.

On June 13, 1996, Robert Jones and Scott Nordstrom entered the Firefighters Union Hall in Tucson. Three customers were executed with shots to the head by Jones and a wallet taken from one of them. The bartender was shot dead by Scott Nordstrom after being unable to open a safe; money was taken from a cash register. Both cases were solved when David Nordstrom contacted the police.

PROCEEDINGS
Presiding Judge: John S. Leonardo
Prosecutor: David White
Defense: Eric Larsen and David Braun
Start of Trial: June 17, 1998
Verdict: June 26, 1998
Sentencing: December 7, 1998

Aggravating Circumstances
Convicted of other offenses for which life sentence or death penalty imposable Convicted of other "serious" offenses
Pecuniary gain
On parole at time of offense
Multiple homicides

Mitigating Circumstances
Statutory-none proven
Non-statutory-dysfunctional family family support
good behavior/demeanor during trial

PUBLISHED OPINIONS
None at this time

JONES, Robert Glenn ADC#070566
Pima County CR57526 sentenced as follows:

Count I First Degree Murder as to Thomas Hardman, committed on 5/30/96, sentenced to DEATH.

Count 2 First Degree Murder as to Clarence O'Dell, committed on 5/30/96, sentenced to DEATH.

Count 8 First Degree Murder as to Maribeth Munn, committed on 6/13/96, sentenced to DEATH.

Count 9 First Degree Murder as to Carol Lynn Noel, committed on 6/13/96, sentenced to DEATH.

Count 10 First Degree Murder as to Arthur Bell, committed on 6/13/96, sentenced to DEATH.

Count 11 First Degree Murder as to Judy Bell, committed on 6/13/96, sentenced to DEATH.

These sentences are CONSECUTIVE, one to the other.

Non-Capital Counts
Count 3 Attempted First Degree Murder as to Steve Vetter, committed on 5/30/96, sentenced to 15 years concurrent with counts 4 & 13, consecutive to all other counts.

Count 4, 5, 6 Armed Robbery , committed on 5/30/96, sentenced to 15 years each count. Count 4 is concurrent with counts 3 & 13, consecutive to all other counts; count 5 is concurrent with count 14, consecutive to all other counts; count 6 is concurrent with count 15, consecutive to all other counts,

Count 7 Burglary in the First Degree, committed on 6/13/96, sentenced to 15 years consecutive to all other counts.

Count 12 Burglary in the First Degree, committed on 5/30/96, sentenced to 15 years consecutive with all other counts.

Count 13, 14, 15 Aggravated Assault, Deadly Weapon/Dangerous Instrument, committed on 5/3 0/96, sentenced to 10 years each count. Count 13 concurrent with counts 3 & 4, consecutive to all other counts; count 14 concurrent with count 5, consecutive to all other counts; count 15 concurrent with count 6, consecutive to all other counts.

Co-defendant is Scott Nordstrom ADC#086114 On May 30, 1996 Robert Jones and Scott Nordstrom entered the Smoke Shop at Grant and First Avenue in Tucson, AZ. Victim two a customer was standing inside the door was shot once in the back of his head with a handgun by Jones. Three employees were ordered to the floor where they were shot by Jones. Victim four was struck twice. Victim six was ordered to open both registers and he heard the shots when Jones shot the others when he was on his way to the second register. Victim six fled upon hearing the shots, out the front door of the business without injury. A fourth employee, victim one was on the opposite side of the room it is believed that he fled to a back room when the shooting started, Scott Nordstrom followed him, made him lay face down on the floor, and shot him twice in the back of the head with a .380 caliber handgun. Robert Jones and Scott Nordstrom then left the shop, got into a waiting truck parked behind the business, driven by David Nordstrom.

On June 13, 1996 between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. Robert Jones and Scott Nordstrom entered the Union Hall on East Benson Highway where victim twelve was the bartender and three customers, victims 9, 15 and 17 were seated at the bar. Jones had the customers bend forward with their faces flat on the bar and he shot each one once in the back of the head with a nine millimeter handgun. Victim 15 also showed evidence of being struck with a blunt object in the face and his wallet was stolen. Victim 12 was taken to the back room to open the safe, she did not have the combination, she was struck or kicked in the face, her blood was found on the safe. She was found behind the bar shot once in the back and once in the head by Nordstrom with a .380 caliber handgun. The victims were found by customers that arrived approximately 9:30 p.m. after the defendants had left.

Other Unrelated charges from Maricopa County CR 1996-012723

Count I Burglary in the Second Degree, committed on 8/18/96 and 8/19/96, sentenced to 3.5 years.

Count 3 Armed Robbery, committed on 8/20/96, sentenced to 10.5 years consecutive to count 1.

Count 4 Burglary in the Second Degree, committed on or between 8/22/96 and 8/23/96, sentenced to 3.5 years consecutive to count 3.

Count 6 Burglary in the Third Degree, committed on or about 8/23/96, sentenced to 2.5 years consecutive to count 4.

Count 8 Burglary in the Second Degree, committed on or about 8/23/96, sentenced to 3.5 years consecutive to count 6. Count 10 First Degree Murder, committed on 8/23/96, sentenced to Natural Life consecutive to count 42.

Count 16 Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, committed on or about 8/23/96, sentenced to 5 years consecutive to count 8. Count 18 Armed Robbery, committed or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 10.5 years concurrent with counts 21 & 41, consecutive to count 16.

Count 19 Aggravated Assault, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 7.5 years concurrent with counts 20, 22, 25, 26 & 27, consecutive to counts 18, 21 & 41.

Count 20 Aggravated Assault, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 7.5 years concurrent with counts 19, 22, 25, 26 & 27, consecutive to counts 18, 21 & 41. Count 21 Armed Robbery, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 10.5 years concurrent with counts 18 & 41, consecutive to count 16.

Count 22 Aggravated Assault, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 7.5 years concurrent with counts 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27, consecutive to counts 18, 21 & 41.

Count 23 First Degree Burglary, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 7.5 years consecutive to counts 19, 20, 22, 25, 26 & 27.

Count 24 Attempted Armed Robbery, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 7.5 years concurrent with count 28, consecutive to count 23.

Count 25 Aggravated Assault, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 7.5 years concurrent with counts 19, 20, 22, 26 & 27, consecutive to counts 18, 21 & 41.

Count 26 Aggravated Assault, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 7.5 years concurrent with counts 19, 20, 22, 25 & 27, consecutive to counts 18, 21 & 41.

Count 27 Aggravated Assault, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 7.5 years concurrent with counts 19, 20, 22, 25 & 26, consecutive to counts 18, 21 & 41.

Count 28 Attempted Armed Robbery, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 7.5 years concurrent with count 24, consecutive to count 23.

Count 29 Attempted First Degree Murder, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 10.5 years consecutive to counts 24 & 28.

Count 30 Theft, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 3.5 years consecutive to count 29.

Count 41 Armed Robbery, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 10.5 years concurrent with counts 18 & 21, consecutive to count 16.

Count 42 Unlawful Flight from a Law Enforcement Vehicle, committed on or about 8/24/96, sentenced to 1. 5 years consecutive to count 30.


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