FACTS AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
In March 2004, Manuel walked into a Phoenix pawn shop carrying a pistol covered with a blue plastic bag and immediately began firing at Willeford, the shop owner, who fell to the floor behind a counter. Manuel walked around the counter and continued firing, ultimately shooting Willeford ten times. Manuel then took two guns from the shop. The pawn shop’s surveillance camera recorded these events. At the crime scene, police recovered the plastic bag, which contained shell casings and DNA that was later matched to Manuel’s DNA profile. In October 2004, police arrested Manuel at a North Carolina hotel.
Manuel was indicted for first degree murder, first degree burglary, armed robbery, and misconduct involving weapons. After finding Manuel guilty on all counts, the jury found one aggravating factor, pecuniary gain, see A.R.S. § 13- 751(F)(5) (2011), and determined that Manuel should be sentenced to death for the murder.
Judge(s): W. Scott Bales
Jurisdiction: Arizona Supreme Court
Related Categories: Constitutional Law
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|Kent Cattani||Office of the Arizona Attorney General|
|Thomas Horne||Office of the Arizona Attorney General|
|John Todd||Office of the Arizona Attorney General|