The Capital Litigation Bureau prosecutes first degree murder cases in which the State is seeking to impose the death penalty. Other types of homicide cases are assigned to appropriate specialists in the County Attorney’s Family Violence, Vehicular Crimes, Drug Enforcement, Gang, Repeat Offender, Special Crimes, or Criminal Trial Division bureaus. All homicide prosecutors combine the latest technology in forensic science and courtroom presentation with aggressive prosecution and trial experience to bring offenders to justice.
Prosecutors in the Capital Litigation bureau are on call 24/7 to respond to homicide crime scenes and provide legal expertise to law enforcement agencies throughout the investigation process. They typically follow a case from the initial investigation through the trial and resolution phases, working closely with law enforcement officials, the victim’s family and the community to ensure the strongest case possible.
Senior prosecutors with homicide case experience serve on the Maricopa County Attorney’s Capital Review Committee, which reviews first degree murder cases and offers a recommendation to the County Attorney on whether to seek the death penalty in particular cases in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes and prevailing case law.
Danny Martinez Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Phoenix Police Officer
Danny Ledezma Martinez will spend the rest of his natural life in prison for fatally shooting Phoenix Police Officer Travis Murphy in 2010.
Convicted Murderer Wade Bradford Receives Life Sentence for Cold Case Homicide
Wade Eugene Bradford has been sentenced to a term of natural life in prison for the 2006 murder of Eleanor Su Pigon, whose body was discovered in 2014 as Bradford was awaiting trial for a murder he committed in 2010.
Jasper Rushing Sentenced to Death for 2010 Prison Murder
A prison inmate serving a sentence for murder will receive the death penalty for brutally killing another prisoner in 2010.