Tuesday, August 30, 2011

William Craig Miller found guilty of killing family-of-five in shooting faces death penalty - 30th Aug 2011

A mass murderer faces the death penalty after being found guilty of killing an extended family of five.

William Craig Miller, 34, was convicted of fatally shooting Steven Duffy, 30, and Duffy’s girlfriend Tammy Lovell, 32, at their home in Mesa, Arizona, five years ago.

He was also found guilty of killing Mr Duffy's brother - Shane Duffy, 18 - and Ms Lovell's children - Cassandra Lovell, 15, and Jacob Lovell, 10.

Both Steven Duffy and Tammy Lovell were former employees of Miller's who were police informants against him in a 2005 arson case.

He was convicted of the murders and burglary at their home in February 2006 by a Maricopa County Superior Court jury on Monday.

Miller already is serving 16 years in jail after being convicted in March of burning down his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, to collect insurance money.

‘Today's verdict finally brings a measure of justice to a shockingly brutal crime that stunned the entire community,’ Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said. ‘Now we move forward in pursuit of a just punishment.’

Prosecutors will begin making arguments for the death penalty in court on Tuesday. Read More