Capital Litigation

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.

24/7 Availability


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


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.

Forensic Facial Reconstruction


What happens when unidentifiable human remains are discovered? Watch as County Attorney Detective Charlie Hodges combines forensic science and an aptitude for art to put a face back on the deceased.