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Police Investigate Phoenix Homicide

Officer Involved Homicide Shooting

What? Another homicide in Phoenix? No way! Yup. Another one. This time it happened at an apartment complex.

The Phoenix Police Department are now going to have to investigate a police officer involved shooting that happened in downtown Phoenix.

According to the reports it happened close to First Avenue and Roosevelt Street. Police say that twenty-seven year old, Jonie Block is now wanted for a homicide that happened earlier in the day.

Sadly, fifty-five year old, Todd Landon was the one to lose his life when he was shot and killed. Landon was found with several gunshot wounds. According to people that knew Landon, he was a maintenance worker at the apartment complex and was well liked.

Friend Statement:

Todd was a very caring individual. He would always go out of his way to help you. He was a great person to know–caring, he loved people, he loved to interact with people as well. He’s going to be very missed. I hope he’s resting in peace now.

Landon’s work truck is sweetly covered in flowers to show love for their murdered friend.

According to the police Block was seen several hours after the first incident by a bystander at the Japanese Friendship Garden who had noticed that she was armed and then called the law enforcement.

Phoenix Shooter

Sometimes investigating a murder can be solved pretty quickly, I imagine. I’m not a police officer so I can’t say for sure anyways. Sometimes it can take years though and sometimes they never get solved.

A crime spree of any time can be pretty darn scary, a killing spree is terrifying! Phoenix had an unnerving experience recently when a crime spree that ended nine people’s lives and stumped the police for a few months.

Luckily, on a  Monday the police in Arizona announced that they had arrested the twenty-three year old man that had became known as the “Serial Street Shooter Case”.

Jeri L. Williams is the Phoenix Police Chief told the local news that they had linked the shootings to Aaron Saucedo. The young man had been in custody since his arrest on April 19th.

Cheif Williams said that he was rebooked on Monday into Maricopa County Jail on the 26th for additional felony counts, which include: eight of homicide, three of attempted homicide, and several drive by shooting and aggravated assault. Talk about about a busy kid.

Chief William’s Statement:

This case plagued our community for more than a year, as the mayor mentioned to you, and left behind a trail of victims that included mothers, sons, brothers, sisters and families still mourning the loss of their loved ones.

The City, County, and Federal Law Enforcement have all put in a ton of hours investigating this case. They’ve had thousands of tips leading to Saucedo’s arrest.

The shootings have happened for months, heck YEARS and the police still have no clue as to why he would do this.

U.S. Marshal, David Gonzales’ Statement:

It’s been said that a serial killer is like a chameleon, and that’s what made this case so frustrating.

Luckily, the court has a pretty huge case against this guy, He probably will spend a good amount of time behind bars. However, he is extremely young, there’s always a way around actual time served. Let’s hope he does serve his time because no one deserves to lose their life for  no reason, this kid just wanted to shoot someone? He need mental help and he needs to stay away from society for a very long time.

Phoenix Homicide Lawyer

Criminal Defense Cases

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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.


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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.


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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.


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