4
| Crime |

Gavin MacFarlane, Strip-Club Shooter, Won't Get Death Penalty Because He's Insane, Says Victim's Family; Bond Raised After Tearful Plea by Family Members

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Gavin MacFarlane, the Scottsdale man who shot and killed two people at a strip club in December of 2010, won't get the death penalty after being found mentally incompetent.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens raised MacFarlane's bond from $2 million to a cash bond of $5 million following emotional pleas by family members of one of the victims, Adam Cooley.

MacFarlane planned the shooting rampage, police learned during the investigation. After sitting in the club for a while, MacFarlane walked out to his car and retrieved a handgun, intending to shoot the first people he saw, for reasons only he knew.

See also: Strip Club Shooter Hit With Seven Felonies. Could Face Death Penalty

Adam Cooley, 34, the Phoenix club's bouncer, was the first one shot. MacFarlane also shot 20-year-old Antonio Garcia, who was standing near the door. Both died. MacFarlane kept shooting, hitting three other people. One surviving victim was rendered a paraplegic, the courtroom learned today.

Cooley's brother, Terry, told Judge Stephens that MacFarlane's history is that he doesn't take his psychiatric medicine.

"Based on the history and facts, we feel he would be a danger if he was released to society," Terry Cooley said.

MacFarlane is charged with seven felonies, including first-degree murder.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.