Tuesday, December 29, 2009 12:00 am
The year 2009 was a tough one. The economy went down the drain,
foreclosures jumped, the city and state budgets required trimming
with a chain saw and a bank robbery spree hit the area.
Monday, July 20, 2009 11:00 pm
I've been with the Ahwatukee Foothills News since May 1997,
reporting on everything from education, to government, to cops and
courts. On the Beat gives me a chance to write about the fun, odd,
or interesting things I see that would, in many cases, never make
it into the paper itself.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 11:00 pm
The second-degree murder trial of Grace Pianka quickly turned
testy Wednesday, the first full day of testimony.
Grace Pianka, on trial after being charged with murdering her husband, confers with her defense team on July 29.
Sunday, March 8, 2009 11:00 pm
Jury selection is expected to continue Monday in the murder
trial of Grace Pianka, 51, accused of killing her husband Adam
Kostewicz in the couple's Ahwatukee Foothills home April 15,
Grace Pianka (inset) is charged with the second-degree murder of her husband, Adam Kostewicz (left).
Thursday, February 19, 2009 12:00 am
The trial of Grace Pianka began Tuesday afternoon with two
different versions of how her husband, Adam Kostewicz, died April
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 11:00 pm
A jury began deliberations Thursday afternoon in the
second-degree murder trial of Grace Pianka.
Judge Andrew Klein listens to an objection at the bench during the second-degree murder trial of Grace Pianka Monday.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 11:00 pm
Virginia McIntyre has still not been found and isn't expected to
testify for the prosecution in the second-degree murder trial of
A key witness in the murder trial of Grace Pianka (pictured) is not expected to testify.
Sunday, July 27, 2008 11:00 pm
The trial of Grace Pianka was tentatively scheduled to begin
Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court in downtown Phoenix with
opening statements by the prosecution and the defense.Pianka, 50,
is charged with the second-degree murder of her husband, Adam
Kostewicz, 41, in 2006 after she discovered he was having an affair
and planning to leave. Police say that he returned to the couple's
home in the 16600 block of 30th Drive to get some clothes the night
of April 15, 2006, when an argument broke out and neighbors said
they saw Pianka speed away from the home.Several hours later
Kostewicz's body was discovered by police after the other woman
called, worried about his whereabouts.The next day, Pianka was
found in a fetal position by a Yavapi County deputy sheriff in
Bagdad, Ariz., after a suicide attempt.But Pianka's defense
attorneys hope to turn the case around, suggesting that the other
woman, Virginia McIntyre, may have killed Kostewicz to gain control
of his estate.While several judges have been skeptical of the
motive, testimony in court indicates that McIntyre and her husband
do owe the IRS more than $400,000 in back taxes and the couple have
moved from Gilbert and refuse to tell the Maricopa County
Attorney's Office of their location, although they do say they will
appear to testify in the case.The trial is scheduled to run three
to four weeks before Judge Andrew Klein.If found guilty, Pianka
faces up to 22 years in prison.For daily updates visit the
Ahwatukee Foothills News home page at ahwatukee.com.
Grace Pianka (left) is charged with the second-degree murder of her husband, Adam Kostewicz.