Penalty phase verdict reached in Phoenix policeman’s killing

Penalty phase verdict reached in Phoenix policeman’s killing

PHOENIX (AP) – Jurors have reached a verdict in the penalty phase of the trial involving an ex-convict convicted of killing a Phoenix police officer in 2010.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say the verdict won’t be read until Wednesday morning.

Danny Ledezma Martinez was convicted on July 15 of two counts of first-degree murder plus six counts of other crimes.

Jurors previously decided there were circumstances that made the 36-year-old Martinez eligible for a possible death sentence as an alternative to natural life in prison.

Authorities say 29-year-old Travis Murphy was shot multiple times on May 26, 2010 while responding to a call about a suspicious person. After the shooting, officers found Martinez in a nearby shed.

Martinez previously served prison sentences on Pima County convictions for aggravated assault and other crimes.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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