Criminal defense trials happen every day in courtrooms throughout Arizona but rarely do
cases ever get much local or even national attention. When they do however,
wow, they can leave a lasting impression. There are a couple of famous
trials that definitely put the Arizona criminal justice system in the
spotlight. Do you remember any of these?
In 2008, Jodi Arias, was indicted by a grand jury for the first-degree
murder of then boyfriend Travis Alexander. He sustained multiple stab wounds,
a slit throat, and a gunshot to the head. Arias gave several different
accounts about her involvement and eventually told police she killed Alexander
in self-defense, claiming
domestic violence. She was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013, and sentencing is ongoing.
In 1963, Ernesto Miranda was arrested in Phoenix for
sexual assault. He was identified by the victim and taken into an interrogation room
where, two hours later, police emerged with a written confession signed
by Miranda. He received a 20-year sentence, but the US Supreme Court voted
to overturn the conviction, saying the police did not properly notify
Miranda of his rights to an attorney.
The Miranda warning has become a statement of a citizen’s rights familiar to many Americans
thanks to popular television shows. Think - “You have a right to
remain silent.” Eventually, Miranda was stabbed to death and his
killer was never convicted.
Winnie Ruth Judd
Winnie Ruth Judd was found guilty of murdering two women after fighting
over a local Phoenix businessman. The trial began in 1932 and the jury
found her guilty of first-degree murder, sentencing her to be hanged.
The death sentence was overturned though after a hearing found her to
mentally incompetent. She was sent to the Arizona State Asylum for the
Insane, where she escaped seven times over several decades. She was paroled
in 1971 and died in 1998.
Elizabeth Johnson and Baby Gabriel
Elizabeth Johnson was convicted in 2012 in her three-month old son’s
disappearance and sentenced to 5 1/4 years in prison. Authorities said
Johnson initially told the boy’s father that she killed baby Gabriel
and dumped him in a trash bin, but she later recanted and told police
that she gave the baby to a couple in Texas, but never provided the couple’s
name and refused to do so multiple times during the hearing.
Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney Charlie Naegle
Your case might not be gaining national attention but that doesn’t
mean you don’t deserve a strong defense and someone to stand by
your side in court. If you have been accused of a crime consult with criminal
defense attorney Charlie Naegle immediately. The criminal justice system
is confusing and oftentimes overwhelming. At Naegle & Crider Criminal
Charlie Naegle and
his team will take the time to sit down with you and walk you through the entire process.
Contact us at
480-378-9000 and schedule your
free consult today.