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Murray Hooper

(Sentenced to death: Feb. 11, 1983) On the evening of Dec. 31, 1980, Murray Hooper and William Bracy (both of whom were from Chicago), and Edward McCall (a former Phoenix police officer) went to the home of Patrick Redmond in Phoenix. Redmond, his wife and his mother-in-law, Helen Phelps, were at home preparing for a New Year’s Eve party. Bracy, Hooper, and McCall entered the house and forced the Redmonds and Phelps at gunpoint into the master bedroom. After taking jewelry and money, the intruders bound and gagged the victims. They then shot each victim in the head and also slashed Redmond’s throat. Redmond and Phelps died from their wounds, but Redmond’s wife survived and later identified all three killers. Bracy and Hooper were convicted of the murders following a joint trial. McCall and Robert Cruz (who was alleged to have hired the killers) were also convicted of the murders following a joint trial. Cruz won a new trial on appeal, was convicted again, won another new trial on appeal, and was ultimately found not guilty. Joyce Lukezic (the wife of Redmond’s business partner) also was charged with the murders, and was convicted in a separate trial. After obtaining a new trial, she was found not guilty.

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