PHOENIX— Dwandarrius Robinson (D.O.B. 12/20/1990) was sentenced to Death after being found guilty by a jury of two counts of 1st Degree Murder and one count of Arson of an Occupied Structure and one count of Kidnapping in connection to the 2012 murder of 21-year-old Shaniqua Hall and their unborn child.
“The callous and inhumane killing of his girlfriend and their unborn child is the worst example of a man utterly failing those who counted on him for love and support,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “The jury’s verdict accurately and properly imposes the death penalty as a just and proportionate punishment for these despicable crimes.”
On July 18, 2012 Robinson called 911 saying that he had returned to his apartment to find it on fire and he was unsure if his girlfriend, who was 9-months pregnant, was still inside the home. Firefighters entered the apartment to find Hall’s body bound with duct tape, a rag shoved down her throat, and handcuffed inside the couple’s bedroom. Investigators found the fire was intentionally set and an accelerant had been used.
The jury found there were seven aggravating factors in this case rendering Robinson eligible for consideration for the death penalty. During the penalty phase the jury heard presentations of evidence from both the defense and prosecutors before making a decision to sentence the defendant to death.