Arizona residents who are accused of serious crimes may often find themselves going through more than one trial or set of legal steps on their defense paths. Many things may contribute to this being the case. For one man, it was a first trial that ended without the jury being able to come to a decision that led to a second trial being initiated.
The defendant in the case was actually previously a firefighter in Tucson. Reports indicate that he was charged with the murder of three women allegedly in connection with a custody dispute with his former wife over a daughter. The deaths all took place several years ago in the first few years of the 2000s. One of the women who died was the former wife of the defendant. Another was a friend of the family and the third was the defendant’s former mother-in-law.
It is not known why the first jury in 2016 could not reach a decision but a new jury in a recent trial found the man guilty of all three murders. He has since been sentenced to 66 years in prison. A third trial was requested but for the moment that request has been denied. Also unknown is whether or not any appeals will be made in the case.
Upon being charged with violent felony offenses, Arizona residents may wish to talk with an attorney to understand the sometimes complex criminal justice system and how to navigate a good defense.
Source: ABC15.com, “David Watson update: Former Tucson firefighter receives 66 years for triple murder,” Phil Villareal, April 17, 2017