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Homicide Cases Keeps Phoenix Busy

Homicide in Phoenix

Police stay pretty busy in Phoenix, let’s be honest they stay pretty busy no matter where they work but especially busy the closer they are to the border. Homicide pops up all over Phoenix. They definitely do not get enough thanks or credit for all their hard work that they do for our country. They work hard to keep our families safe.

The Mesa police department has arrested two suspects in connection to the June double shooting. The shooting sadly left a woman and man dead. According to reports, the shooting happened early in the morning on June 16th at an apartment near Lindsay and Broadway roads.

The police were able to arrest the second suspect who is twenty-four year old, Ysidro Placencia.

According to reports, the male victim was twenty-two year old, Jesse Ibarra. At first was able to make it through the shooting. Twenty-two year old, Arturo Perez Jr. was the alleged shooter and Placencia was the lookout during the shooting.

Ibarra told the police that the Placencia stood by the door and watched for any passerby’s and was to pick up the casings from the scene.

The female victim was nineteen year old, Unique Aguilera was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Even though Ibarra was alive at first, after several surgeries he also passed away from his injuries a on June 27th.

Now Placencia is being charged for two counts of first degree murder as well as one count of burglary and one count of tampering with evidence.

It’s sad that two people lost their life due to people trying to steal from their home. They worked hard for their belongings and someone just felt they had a right to come in and take what they wanted. What is wrong with people that they feel that this kind of life is okay? It’s okay to shoot someone because you’re in a tight spot and you need something so it’s okay to end someone’s life? No.


Phoenix Homicide Lawyer

Criminal Defense Cases

If you have been charged with murder, the attorney you choose to defend you will likely be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Obtaining a strong defense could be the difference between freedom and a life behind bars.

At the Phoenix based Offices of Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC, you will find the experienced, dedicated and highly skilled trial attorneys you need to protect your rights. Each of our attorneys made a conscious decision to become a criminal defense lawyer. We could have chosen any other field of law, but defending the freedom and liberty of people who are facing the possibility of incarceration was our first choice. We believe strongly that skilled and passionate defense attorneys can make a difference in the lives of their clients. We go into every case feeling that we can make that difference.

Hiring the Right Homicide Lawyer in Phoenix

Having a skilled homicide defense attorney is important in any criminal case, but it is even more critical in a murder case. To properly defend a client against a murder charge, a defense lawyer must be prepared to effectively challenge the prosecution’s evidence. To do so, a Phoenix Murder Defense Attorney must be prepared to effectively cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses, including any expert witnesses.

Expert Witnesses

In some cases, a Phoenix Homicide Defense Attorney may need to use expert witnesses on behalf of the defendant to challenge forensic evidence, ballistics evidence and other scientific evidence presented by the prosecution. We are prepared to do so and have worked with expert witnesses in the past to provide a vigorous defense on our clients’ behalf.

In addition to fighting your charges at trial (or seeking a case dismissal for lack of probable cause), we can also negotiate with the prosecution to seek a favorable plea agreement. A plea agreement might involve a plea to a lesser offense or an agreement on sentencing that will significantly reduce the penalties you face.

Homicide Defense Strategy

We will take the time to talk to witnesses, investigate what really happened in your case, understand what evidence is in the prosecution’s possession, look for holes in the prosecution’s case, and determine if the police violated your constitutional rights or made other critical errors that can be used to your advantage.

We are committed to raising a strong and comprehensive defense on your behalf. Depending on the facts of your case, the following defenses and strategies may be helpful:


  • Self-Defense
  • Insanity
  • Mistaken Identity
  • Suppression of Evidence
  • Challenging DNA, Fingerprint Evidence and other Forensic Evidence
  • Challenging Ballistics Evidence (Relating to Firearms and Bullets)
  • Challenging the Reliability of an Eyewitness
  • Challenging Whether the Evidence Sustains a Murder Conviction
  • Negotiation with the Prosecution to Determine if a Plea Agreement Could

Significantly Minimize the Charges or Penalties you Face.

We have defended clients against murder charges and other felony violent crimes. You can be confident that you will have a highly skilled and dedicated defense lawyer who will advise you of your rights, help explain the process and work diligently to seek the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Schedule a Free Consultation – Phoenix Homicide Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been accused of a Violent Crime such as Homicide, contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation. With a wealth of expertise, a commitment to integrity and a passion for defense, the Attorneys at Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC – Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers – are here to support you with your case. We believe every defendant has the right to a solid defense. Call us today for a free initial consultation at 480-351-6445.



Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC
2942 N. 24th St.
Suite# 114-562
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(480) 351-6445

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Phoenix Domestic Violence Cases

Phoenix Woman Pleads Guilty to Murder

You know, every couple fights. Sure, everyone feels like they could “shoot” their spouse but no one actually does it. Except for maybe one Phoenix woman. She pleaded guilty to second degree murder. She fatally shot her husband in their home.

Thirty-one year old, Amanda Lynn Miller told the Phoenix Police that she shot her thirty-six year old husband, Jesus Nevarez-Galindo. She was trying to leave their home as it was filling up with smoke from a fire. He had set the kitchen on fire.

Court documents showed that police counted seven wounds in the man’s body. Miller told the police that the situation began as an argument over financial issues and lack of food in the house broke out. Sure makes sense. Hungry. Let’s catch the kitchen on fire.

Apparently the couple had quite the history of domestic violence.

Woman Suffers From Sexual Abuse

A young woman of only eighteen years old has suffered from serious injures as she was beaten, burned, and sexually assaulted and forced to drink bleach. This was after she reportedly refused to sell drugs for a man.

Twenty-five year old, Johnel Henry Thomas has now been booked into jail for one count of each sexual assault as well as kidnapping, unlawful means of transportation, as well as six counts of aggravated assault.

The court documents stated that the victim was taken to Mr. Thomas’ apartment in West Phoenix. She was taken there by another female and possible suspect.

After she was in his apartment, Mr. Thomas allegedly beat her as well as tortured the poor young girl. She recieved a broken arm, smashed hands, burns all over her body from a hot knife and swords, burns from the bleach being poured over her as well as bruises all over her body from hammer blows.  This poor girl, I can’t imagine what she suffered.

Violence Reported

The report also said that the police had stated that the victim had still had a belt around her neck when she was found by the police officers. There were also marks on her neck, ankles and wrists from her being restrained. She was also sexually assaulted, which also caused even more injuries.

Luckily a neighbor saw Mr. Thomas and another man dragging the eighteen year old girl into the suspect’s apartment and heard her please for help. The neighbor called 911.

When the officers had arrived to the scene the front and back doors were open to the apartment. Thomas was later located by the police in a stolen vehicle.

According to the report, when Thomas had seen the officers, he fled the scene, naked and out the back door. The victim was also naked as she walked from the back door. She was walking to the front of the complex to find the officers for help.

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Police said that she was understandably hysterical. She was telling them about the suspect pouring bleach on her and making her drink it. Officers were able to pour some water on the young woman and tried to get the bleach out of her eyes and off of her body.

The victim was later taken to the hospital for treatment. She told the medical staff that she had been sexually assaulted and the staff has confirmed that her injures match what she said.

As the police searched the apartment, they found a number of knives as well as swords and empty bleach bottle as well as two hammers.

When Mr. Thomas was interviewed by the investigators, he had told them that a female friend had “assaulted the victim inside the apartment” . However, he did admit to “having sex” with the victim. Another man was also taken into custody. He had told the investigators that he was in the apartment during some of the assault, however after his arrest he denied participating.

Police have said that the victim had severe burns. She even had to have surgery for her broken arm.


Phoenix Violent Crimes Lawyer

Criminal Defense Cases

If you are suspected of murder, aggravated assault or another violent crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney can secure your rights. A skilled lawyer will not only look for ways to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed but will also focus on developing an effective criminal defense trial strategy. At Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC, we have a substantial background defending clients accused of violent crimes in the state of Arizona and the greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Our lead criminal defense attorney, Daniel Perlman, is a former prosecutor who previously pursued charges against individuals suspected of violent crimes. Mr. Perlman and the entire Perlman Law Group offer a comprehensive view of the criminal justice system and know the right steps to take in developing a defense strategy while seeking to mitigate any potential damage.


Our ability to work with the facts in plea negotiations can turn a weak defense into a strong one. In our experience, a creative approach to your defense strategy can result in a sentence of probation or work release, even on a felony plea.


Effective Defensive Strategy for Violent Crimes

As a starting point for an effective defense strategy, we will evaluate the police report, witness statements and any physical evidence. Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC takes its approach a step further through identifying creative solutions by focusing on the actual risk of punishment you are currently facing. The threat of prison will probably be based as much on your prior record as it will be on the facts of the current criminal charges.


Our firm handles cases involving all types of Violent Crime allegations, including:

  • Assault and Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Murder, Attempted Murder and Manslaughter
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Armed Robbery
  • Kidnapping and False Imprisonment
  • Criminal Threats
  • Gang-Related Crimes
  • Resisting Arrest and Assault on an Officer
  • Domestic Violence


If weaknesses in the government’s case mean that you stand a good chance of success at trial, we will aggressively represent your interests before a jury. If the evidence against you makes a trial too risky, we will advise you and work with all parties — including prosecutors, probation officers, court services and community agencies — to show that you are an excellent candidate for favorable treatment.

Schedule a Free Consultation –  Phoenix Violent Crimes lawyer

If you or someone you know has been accused of a Violent Crime, contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation. With a wealth of expertise, a commitment to integrity and a passion for defense, the Attorneys at Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC – Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers – are here to support you with your case. We believe every defendant has the right to a solid defense. Call us today for a free initial consultation at 480-351-6445.


Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC
2942 N. 24th St.
Suite# 114-562
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(480) 351-6445


Arizona Athletes And Sexual Abuse Cases

Former Coach Arrested for Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is horrible. However, one of the lowest forms of abuse, is coming from someone you trust. Whether it’s from a family member or from a teacher you’re scared for life.

A former Scottsdale cheerleader coach is now arrested for accusations saying he was molesting two of his former athletes.

There are new court documents that show that twenty-one year old, Yohel Gattaz will now face one count of child molestation, as well as two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of sexual abuse, and one count of aggravated assault on a  minor. Pretty serious charges.

According to reports, Gattaz had worked at the Desert Storm Elite in Scottsdale for a little less than a year. The incidents were said to have happened between January and March 2016. Eric Contreras who is the owner of the gym, confirmed that Gattaz was fired in May.


Eric Contreras Statement:

It was difficult because we do extensive background checks on all our employees and there was no criminal record. We take very good care of our kids and our families. It’s a safe place for children it always has been and always will be.


The court paperwork showed that the Phoenix Police had recieved a report about the sexual abuse on May 17th. They then contacted the victims mother. The mother made a report to the police that there could have been another child that had fallen as prey to Yohel. The other victim’s mother contacted the Scottsdale Police Department.

The girls were both fourteen years old. They both told the police that they had been inappropriately touched by Gattaz on separate incidents. One of the girls say that they had tried to roll away from Gattaz but he grabbed her and pulled her back towards him.

The other victim was upset and told the police “This isn’t right, this is illegal”.


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In the court records, the locations of where the girls suffered the sexual abuse was not listed. There were some e-mails sent to the parents though that stated that the incident happened off the gym’s property. The e-mail also said that all of the Desert Storm Elite employees have to pass a background check. Gattaz passed his background check.

The owner is very adamant about the abuse not taking place at the gym property. He also makes it clear that nothing like this has ever happened at the gym before.

The parents wrote to the local news, they were worried that Gattaz could have even more victims that might be scared to come forward. He was very close to the teens at the gym and he did have to spend a lot of time on the road with them for competitions.

Gattaz was arrested on June 16th and he immediately requested an attorney. Since he asked for an attorney he was not asked any questions.

The mother of two, Pam White said that one of her daughters were also coached by Gattaz last  year. She also said that she had never had any issues with the gym. She said that Gattaz was very professional.


Pam White’s Statement about Yohel:

I’ve always had a positive experience at the gym. The gym has become a second family for my daughters and I’ve always felt I’ve been very well informed by the gym with information parents needed to note.


She also said said that she will wait until after the police finish with their investigation before she will make the decision to let Yohel coach her child again or not.

Yohel’s attorney, Matt Hilscher said that “it’s important to remember at this point these are merely allegations” he also said that since Yohel is in ” this line of work makes him susceptible to these types of allegations”.

The online jail records show that a judge had set Gattaz bone at $150,000. His next court appearance is on July 1st.

Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC
668 N 44th St. Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(480) 351-6445

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Man Shot While Attempting to Break Up Bar Fight

37 Year Old Shot While Breaking Up A Bar Fight

According to the police, On Monday, a thirty-seven year old man was shot in the early morning as he attempted to break up a bar fight between a security guard and a patron at a Phoenix bar.

According to a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, the Phoenix Police responded to a gunshot injury at two: thirty in the morning. This happened at the Funny Farm Lounge which is close to the 49th Avenue and Thomas Road.

The Phoenix Police had to respond to a gunshot call at Funny Farm Lounge at two:thirty in the morning. This was close to 49th Avenue and Thomas Road, according to Officer James Holmes. The victim of the gunshot wound is a male. He had an injury to his upper body was later transported to a hospital. He was in critical condition but luckily was expected to survive.

Other People get involved in the bar fight

According to Holmes, there was an argument at the bar parking lot just before the shooting. The fight was between two patrons. One of those patrons was a 36 year old security guard who then got into a physical confrontation with one of the other men patrons.

Holmes also reported that the victim that was a witness to the fight had stepped in to break the fight up. The security guard then drew a handgun and then shot the victim in the upper body.

Officer Holmes said that the security guard then left the scene with another security guard who was from the bar. He later returned to the location when the on scene officers called him back for some questioning. He was then taken to police headquarters for further questioning.


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Police Searching for Bus Driver Assault Suspect

Police Need Help Finding Suspect who Assaulted a Bus Driver

Police are asking for help in their search for the suspect that assaulted a bus driver back in late April. The News release said that the man was holding a large hunting like knife to a female bus driver. According to the report, the pair had gotten into an argument over reduced bus fare.

The  man then continued to threaten the female driver. He followed her down the bus aisle with his hunting knife pointed at her. The man then fled the scene. However, he was last spotted walking into on of the apartment complex’s near 59th Avenue and Thomas Road.

The assault happened on April 27th close to 6:45 in the morning.

Description of the Male Suspect

Medium build Hispanic male weighing about 140 pounds and standing about 5’3” tall. The man was bald and had a thin, black mustache.

Police are asking that if anyone has any information on this suspect to please contact “Silent Witness” at 480-948-6377 or online.


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Older Man Assaulted In Phoenix and Fighting for His Life

Man Fighting for His Life After Being Assaulted

According to the police, On Wednesday in Phoenix, a sixty-six year old man is now fighting for his life after he was assaulted that afternoon.

The Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson stated that the assault took place near the 16th street and Thomas Road just before three thirty in the evening. He also said that the elderly man and the suspect had gotten into an argument over a beer at a local market in that area.

According to the report, after the sixty-six year old had left the store the suspect had followed him as well as another man. They were in a light colored or perhaps a white GMC Yukon or Tahoe. The police stated that the suspect had gotten out of the SUV and had punched the elderly man in his head which caused him to immediately fall to the ground.

Sgt. Thompson also said that the victim was transported to the local hospital with his serious head injuries, they do not think he is going to survive.

The police are asking for help in identifying the suspect and the driver of the suspects vehicle. The main suspect is described as a Hispanic male who is twenty to twenty-five years old, he’s around 5 ft. 7 in. tall, and around 170 pounds in weight. However they do not have the driver’s description at this time.

Call with Information on the Assault suspect

Anyone with information concerning who the suspects are or where the vehicle may be, is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480- WITNESS, 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.