Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, an ex-Phoenix cop accused of murder goes to trial, jury selection starts in re-trial of Buddhist temple massacre suspect, a youth minister is found guilty of molestation, and more:
When police finally arrested Antonio Julio Sanchez after 10 years on the lam, he was cleaning his car in a posh Miami neighborhood by the beach, living under a false name. Sanchez, 40, pleaded guilty in 2002 to drugging at least one Arizona woman with Ketamine, filming while he and his cousin raped ... More >>
The alleged killers of 10-year-old Ame Deal are the last to face charges in the 2011 case, as three family members now have pleaded guilty to abuse charges and charges were dropped against another.First-degree murder charges are still pending against Samantha Allen, Ame's cousin, and Allen's husband ... More >>
Marion Patterson III will soon learn his fate for his role in the 2010 shooting death of Arizona State University student Zachary Marco.Patterson, one of two men charged in Marco's murder, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February, and this morning, a judge scheduled his sentencing for 9 a. ... More >>
Four members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were found not guilty of charges of "rioting" and assisting in a criminal street gang.The four acquitted, Rudolfo "Rudy" Martinez, Gerald Smith, Dale Hormut, and Stephen Helland, were among seven bikers arrested by an Arizona Department of Public Safe ... More >>
Joe Sauceda Gallegos, who beat two young Phoenix boys to death with a baseball bat a few days before Christmas in 2008, is finally going to prison.Gallegos was found incompetent to stand trial in 2010, and was sent to a mental health facility.After some meds and time in the nuthouse, Gallegos was se ... More >>
Peoria Police DepartmentTyson LangleyTyson Langley, the 15-year-old accused of murdering two people at a Peoria smoke shop last month, was in Maricopa County Superior Court this morning where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.Despite his young age, Langley's being charged ... More >>
Christian Turcios, a 26-year-old former custodian at the Highlands Church in Scottsdale, was in Maricopa County Superior Court this morning where he pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of kiddie-porn-related crimes.Turcios, it turns out, basically beat the rap on a child molestation case in 201 ... More >>
Baseline Killer Mark Goudeau is one step closer to his (presumed) execution.The jury has reached a verdict in the "aggravation phase" of Baseline Killer Mark Goudeau's trial, and the jury found that the aggravating factors in the case were proven, which means the man who terrorized the streets of ... More >>
Baseline Killer Mark Goudeau faces the death penalty after getting convicted of nine counts of murder.After a five-month trial, and seven days of jury deliberation, Baseline Killer Mark Goudeau has been convicted of all nine of the murder charges against him.Goudeau faced 72 felony counts s ... More >>
Just got word that he defense team of Mark Goudeau, accused of murdering nine people in an infamous 2005-06 crime spree, will not be calling any witnesses to the stand at his ongoing trial. Mark Goudeau is looking directly at death row if convicted The stunning turn of events occurred a ... More >>
Trent Benson faces the death penalty after getting convicted of murdering two women and attacking two others.Hooker-murdering rapist Trent Benson was found guilty Monday of two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of kidnapping, three counts of sexual assault, and one count of attempted se ... More >>
Brett Mecum, former executive director for the state Republican Party, lost his speeding case last month after a two-year court battle.The criminal speeding case of Brett Mecum, former executive director for the state Republican Party, ended last month after a two-year odyssey through the court s ... More >>
This woman is not a murderer, according to FloridaTuesday was dominated with the news of the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial, the latest trial to gain such massive media attention. Anthony was acquitted by an Orange County, Florida jury fn the murder of her 2-year-old daughter C ... More >>
Alan Woods squeaked out of a 20-year prison sentence last year after it was found that the cop who arrested him wasn't certified at the time. Now he's suing in federal court.An Arizona man whose 20-year prison sentence was thrown out last year wants payback from the Town of Patagonia over the all ... More >>
An 86-year-old Scottsdale man pleaded guilty this morning to endangerment in the assisted-suicide case of a Phoenix woman who killed herself in 2007. Right-to-die advocate takes one for the team In April, a Maricopa County jury could not agree on whether Franklin Langsn ... More >>
Former Nogales Mayor Octavio Garcia Von BorstelDisgraced former Nogales Mayor Octavio Garcia Von Borstel, and his father, were in Pima County Superior Court yesterday where they pleaded guilty to corruption charges stemming from a scam targeting Nogales businesses.Initially facing multiple charge ... More >>
Mindy Shields indicted on theft charges.A Grand Jury has indicted Mindy Shields, daughter of influential Phoenix lobbyist Billy Shields, for Class 2 felony theft. The charges against Mindy Shields stem from the embezzlement of more than $77,000 from Friends of Greg Stanton, a poli ... More >>
John McCluskey and his fiancee/cousin, Casslyn Welch.John McCluskey, one of three inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison last summer -- and then went on a multi-state tour of mayhem -- goes to trial tomorrow in Arizona for escaping from prison and assaulting two men when he hijacked the ... More >>
Christopher Benitez was found guilt of negligent homicide and arson today in the 2001 death of firefighter Bret Tarver.Christopher Benitez's second chance at trying to prove he wasn't responsible for the 2001 death of a Phoenix firefighter didn't work out well. The ... More >>
KPHO Cody Bishop (left) died at 18 thanks to Steven Landrum. For a typical Arizonan, ".227" may refer to the box of rifle ammo in their truck, but for Steven Landrum -- who was packing a .227 blood-alcohol level while driving his pickup truck when he crashed into and killed an 18-year-ol ... More >>
Alvaro DuarteAn Avondale man convicted of murdering his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter was in Maricopa County Superior Court this morning where Judge Janet Barton sentenced him to naturla life in prison.Alvaro Holguin Duarte pleaded guilty to the 2008 murder of Alisandra Oliviana Romero, his gi ... More >>
A California man forced to give up some DNA after violating a protective order last year revealed a dark secret, prosecutors say: He's responsible for a 2004 rape and robbery in Chandler. Santos Basilio O'Dell, 32, was ordered to stop harassing his wife in 2009, and he violated that order i ... More >>
Justin Draper, seen here in the mug shot from his 2009 arrest, pleaded guilty this month in the 2006 Surprise crash that left three teens dead.A 22-year-old Surprise man has pleaded guilty in a 2006 crash that left three teens dead, and the firefighter mom of one victim is being treat ... More >>
A few hours ago, the Utah Supreme Court announced that it has reversed the 2007 criminal convictions against Warren S. Jeffs, the super-creepy messianic leader of an Arizona-based polygamous sect. We have written often in these pages about Jeffs and his sect, the Fundamentalist Church of J ... More >>
www.icanhazcheezburger.com Chuck NorrisAt the federal courthouse in Phoenix this morning, a Canadian man pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit cancer medication over the Internet to victims in Arizona and as far away as Belgium.Hazim Gaber, 22, of Edmonton, Canada, pleaded guilty to f ... More >>
Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Aaron Chubick, 32, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of manslaughter and hit-and-run. A Peoria father who crashed into a bicyclist in 2008 has pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and hit-and-run. Aaron Chubick, 32, was released from ... More >>
David Barnes, a onetime homicide detective with the Phoenix Police Department who is now under criminal indictment on perjury charges, was fired this afternoon. Sergeant Trent Crump, a spokesperson for the city agency, said Barnes (in the photo) learned of his termination from a ... More >>
Ben Andrew FuchsWhether or not Ben Andrew Fuchs is the infamous "Scottsdale Creeper," one thing is certain -- the weirdo who was breaking into the apartments of women to watch them sleep, is still on the loose. A jury in the Maricopa County Superior Court found Fuchs not guilty yesterday on five ... More >>
A Maricopa County jury is expected to resume deliberations later this afternoon, this time to determine if cop-killer Donnie Delahanty should get the death penalty for murdering Phoenix officer David Uribe (in the photo). Earlier this month, the panel convicted the 22-year-old of shooting ... More >>
The big brother of a Phoenix boxing champ pleads guilty to ripping off his late wife. He remains the chief suspect in her unsolved murder
A war for custody of 4-year-old Raven Laws includes a spurious Alabama tribe
Robert Owens, A gifted con artist linked to an astonishing murder-for-hire plot, may go free because he's compromised law enforcement.
When a career courthouse scam artist joins forces with a top Arizona criminal defense attorney, it ain't pretty
Felix Medina and his gang compatriots ruthlessly ruled a south central neighborhood. Now the party's over.
The sting targeted stores selling over-the-counter medicines that could be cooked into meth. But the cops warned major retailers to stop the sales while throwing the book at mom-and-pop shops, most of which are owned by Arab immigrants.
"Suge" Knight is behind bars, Tha Doggfather is on the shelves, and the future of Death Row Records hangs in the balance
JAMES MCPHEETERS BEAT A MOLESTATION RAP, BUT WAS SENTENCED TO 561 YEARS FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. AN APPELLATE COURT SAYS HE DESERVES A NEW TRIAL.
A LOOPHOLE HAS ALLOWED THE MENTALLY INCOMPETENT TO COMMIT CRIME AFTER CRIME, WITHOUT BEING PUNISHED OR PLACED UNDER SUPERVISION
UNDER ITS "REUNIFICATION-FIRST" POSICY, THE STATE OF ARIZONA ROUTINELY FORCES CHILDREN TO LIVE WITH PARENTS WHO ARE UNFIT GUARDIANS BY ANY DEFINITION
THE COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE VIGOROUSLY PROSECUTES FELONY CHILD ABUSE CHARGES. EVEN WHEN NO CHILDREN HAVE BEEN ABUSED.