Phoenix Cop Killer Donnie Delahanty's Death Sentence Upheld by Arizona Supreme Court

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Donald Delahanty, who senselessly ended veteran Phoenix police officer David Uribe's life in May 2005, will continue residing on death row after the Arizona Supreme Court today upheld his conviction.
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Donald Delahanty, cop killer
​The state's highest court ruled that the 24-year-old former Glendale resident received a fair trial and a just sentence after he was charged in Officer Uribe's murder during a routine traffic stop.

We know this case well, as we were hanging with Phoenix homicide detectives when word of the tragic shooting came in, and tracked every move during the dramatic investigation.

Here is the story we wrote about the murder, which we called "The Case of the Grim Tweaker.




Delahanty, who was in the front passenger seat of a car driven by cohort Chris Wilson, shot Officer Uribe three times after the routine stop on West Cactus Road and 35th Avenue.
 
The reason?
 
None -- Delahanty was methamphetamine-fueled with a loaded gun at his beck and call and a hankering to kill a cop.
 
A jury convicted Delahanty of first-degree murder, attempted arson (of the car he was riding in), conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and solicitation to commit murder. The latter charge came while Delahanty was in jail awaiting trial -- he sent letters to a girlfriend seeking to have Chris Wilson (who had plea bargained and was about to testify against his ex-buddy) and Wilson's mother killed.
 
Delahanty's appellate attorney didn't raise many compelling issues, and Justice Andrew Hurwitz disposed of all of them in a 19-page opinion -- short for death-penalty rulings.
 
The defense contended that trial Judge Warren Granville should have allowed the jurors to consider less-serious murder offenses, specifically second-degree and manslaughter, instead of just first-degree murder.
 
Not so, Justice Hurwitz concluded, and his four colleagues on the bench agreed.

"The evidence does not support Delahanty's contentions," he wrote. "Delahanty shot Officer Uribe three times at close range in the face and neck during a routine traffic stop, actions almost certain to bring about death.
 
"Officer Uribe was in full uniform and driving a marked police cruiser with its lights engaged. Delahanty undoubtedly knew he was shooting a police officer. Moreover, Delahanty shot Officer Uribe after telling [another passenger in the car] that if he was ever pulled over by an officer, `I would shoot him, I would kill him,' and after telling another friend that he would `shoot to kill when he got pulled over.'"
 
Delahanty's statements "did not suggest anything other than intent to kill. There was no evidence that Delahanty acted in a simply reckless manner."
 
What a waste of a good man's life. Dave Uribe's, of course. 

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bigriggs
bigriggs

Why is this piece of shit still alive?

Drugskill
Drugskill

Before he became a meth addict, Ill bet he was a MJ smoker.....a pot head. Yeah Paul, looks like your pro-MJ stance supports peoples criminal activities......when are you ever going to learn bitch? Drugs kill.

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XSoldier
XSoldier

I bet he's gonna appeal to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which will deny his appeal. Then, he'll appeal to the U.S.Supreme Court, which won't even hear the case. Then, he'll be executed.Maybe, only after this useless piece of shit is executed, can Officer Uribe's family take some, if any, comfort in knowing that their family member's killer has been put down.

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Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

If the legal beagles are all cranky about the use of the needle and what drugs go into them. Why not just send that meth-head KKKracker off to "Old Sparky" green-mile style. It should quick and electrifying, since we now hath nuclear power, as opposed to a half a century ago.

ScaredOfJoe
ScaredOfJoe

This piece of crap killed Officer Uribe near my house, and they abandoned the car at 150 feet from my front door. I remember the terror and pain of that day, which doesn't at all compare to the pain and suffering Officer Uribe's family must be living every day. This piece of crap deserves the chair immediately.

Guest
Guest

I would love to think that he's still alive to have the shittiest, most excruciating time of the rest of his disgusting useless life.

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

And before he was a MJ smoker, he was eating bread.

OMG BREAD IS A GATEWAY TO POT. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

teknik1200
teknik1200

agreed, anybody getting a needle is going out easy. no other method puts you in a euphoric state before you go.

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