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David Roy Eidson Sentenced to 24.5 Years in Prison for 2010 Murder

PHOENIX, AZ (April 30, 2012) – Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Susanna Pineda has sentenced David Roy Eidson (D.O.B. 10/18/61) to a term of 24.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for murdering David Wile in 2010 and concealing his body. He will not be eligible for early release until 2034.

“Despite his efforts to cover up his murder, this defendant has been held appropriately accountable for taking an innocent life and causing endless grief for the victim’s family,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “Should he live long enough, he will not be out in our community again until he is in his 70s,” he added.

Shortly after Noon on August 24th 2010, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman claiming to be a nurse who reported that she smelled the odor of something dead emanating from a trailer towed by a Chevrolet Suburban in the area of North 107th Avenue and Grand Avenue. Deputies responded and conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle, and detected a strong odor of decomposition coming from the trailer. The driver, David Eidson, was asked if there was something dead in the trailer. He responded that he did not know how to answer that question. Deputies then asked if they could look into the trailer, which was locked. Eidson initially said he did not have a key to the lock but then produced one after deputies prepared to forcibly enter the trailer.

Inside the trailer, deputies found a nude body wrapped in a shower curtain, later determined to be David Wile. Wounds on the body indicated that Wile, who was one of Eidson’s housemates, had been murdered. During Eidson’s interview conducted by the Sheriff’s office, detectives observed wounds on Eidson’s hands that were consistent with his having been involved in an altercation with an edged weapon.

On September 1st, 2010, Eidson was indicted by a Grand Jury on one count of second-degree murder and one count of abandonment or concealment of a dead body. On January 26th, 2012, after an 11-day trial and less than one day of jury deliberations, Eidson was found guilty of both counts. Judge Pineda sentenced him to consecutive maximum aggravated terms for both offenses: 22 years for second degree murder and 2.5 years for concealment of a body.

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