Anthony Rinaldi, Former DOC Officer Who Admitted to Killing Wife, Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

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A former Arizona Department of Corrections officer accused of killing his wife earlier this month pleaded not guilty to murder in a Maricopa County Superior Court this morning.

"She is definitely dead -- I put two to the chest and one to the head."

That's what the officer, Anthony Rinaldi -- now a former Department of Corrections officer -- told a Department of Public Safety officer less than 30 minutes after fatally shooting his wife, 28-year-old Amanda Rinaldi, at the Phoenix home the couple shared.

Rinaldi, 26, also told detectives he "snapped" as the two were arguing and that his "military training kicked in" before gunning down his wife.

According to court records obtained by New Times, Rinaldi has a long history of domestic violence. He also has a history of threatening suicide, and police suspect he may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder caused by his time in the military.

About 6:20 p.m. on December 13, Rinaldi's 7-year-old step-son called 9-1-1 to report that his mother and step-father were arguing about money. The boy told the dispatcher he heard a "boom, boom, boom" come from the garage."

About five minutes later, Rinaldi also called 9-1-1 to report that he shot his wife three times. He told the dispatcher he was no longer at the couple's home and that he planned to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head. Then he hung up.

The 9-1-1 dispatcher called Rinaldi back, at which point he told her he was pulling up behind a DPS officer on the side of the I-10.

After pulling over behind the DPS officer, Rinaldi got out of his car, put his right hand over his head as he used his left hand to hold a cell phone to his ear, and told the officer "you're gonna want to put me in handcuffs, sir."

When DPS Officer Robert Hicks asked Rinaldi why he'd want to put him in handcuffs, Rinaldi told him to "talk to the guy on the phone -- I just shot my wife."

Rinaldi didn't say why he'd shot his wife, but told Hicks that he "flipped," and that she "was definitely dead."

Hicks took Rinaldi into custody. While searching Rinaldi's vehicle, the officer found a loaded handgun on the passenger seat.

DOC officials say Rinaldi's been "dismissed" from the department. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 10.
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Bambieprincess3
Bambieprincess3

This is horrible she was a gorgeous woman I remember her n the family coming into Sears to get there pix taken she was so nice u would have never suspected a thing my coworker took there pix

RationalLogic
RationalLogic

I find it outrageous that police departments keep hiring ex-military. You hire people who have been brainwashed and broken to the point that they see their adversaries as subhumans who deserve no rights and this and other atrocities are the obvious conclusion. Yes, veterans deserve respect and love, but they do not deserve to have their situations ignored because of some reverence of divinity. It only hurts them and it hurts country at large.

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Steve C Scott
Steve C Scott

I feel real bad for that kid.Royalphoenix2 you are wrong.I got out in 79 from the navy after being shot three times in the femur and hip while we were in Beirut.We called it shell shocked  in those days.When I cam back to the bay area I had to go to the menlo park shrink because I was fixin to be very bad.I ma glad they helped me screw my head back on right.I

Summerof69
Summerof69

PTSD is real.  Not everyone has it, but it's certainly overused as a defense for being an a$$hole. 

alehound
alehound

hmm, mebbe the shurf could use him, lol

BroadWrangler
BroadWrangler

Never trust a beady-eyed dude with a bowl cut.

woefatcat
woefatcat

What type of "Training" did he receive in the Military? I didn't realize the military has "How to shoot your wife in the head and chest" drills.

Into The Abyss
Into The Abyss

  I did 8 + years in SQ San Quentin state joint- prison in California and I saw beatings daily bloody upclose and personal stabbings alot and killings from shank stabbings a few times. it was terrible and very sad and depressing to witness. most the time the stabbings I saw were about about 20 to 50 feet from me in those 8+ years and im pretty sure I have PTSD from being in prison and seeing prison violence and death but I dont plan of hurting or killing anybody in my life as I already did my time and killing people leads to prison and the loss of your freedom. I been there done that scene years ago and I dont plan to go back in this lifetime. if these cops or vet guys think life on the outside is mean tough and hard wait till they get to the joint and end up doing hard long time for years and years in the can or till they are dead from old age. its a whole lot more tougher mentally and physically  in prison being locked up than it is being free outside just living our simple little everyday lives of freedom. besides that in prison you dont get laid by a pretty women and you live around  violent mean hostile smelly sweaty loud males 24/7 365 with no way out. in other words your Fucked! Choose Freedom not Prison

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

As a veteran I am so sick of hearing this "post traumatic stress dis-order" that i could vomit. It is nothing but an excuse for bad behaviour for the vast majority of these shit birds. Every Marine knows the "key words" when your contract has expired and you are checking out of the Corps to say at medical to get yourself some un-deserved benefits. peace

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pamelab50
pamelab50

@Bambieprincess3 Yes she was a real sweet and kind pperson. She had to beg him to get the christmas pics done that day and said the photographer had a hard time getting him to smile . That was Sat. and she was murseres on Tues. I think he had it planned.

Shooter McGaven
Shooter McGaven

I'm not sure where you get your data, but this dude was not a police officer, he was a corrections officer, which is like saying a CNA is a M.D.

Good work on your reading comprehension. 

malasangre
malasangre

it's the go to excuse for people with the right resume.  the defense will use it to try and mitigate the sentence and/or get a lesser  charge?  it should be harder to do if his past domestic abuse is documented and presented.

malasangre
malasangre

title could be  intern/snitch/turnkey/ killer instructor

?mlp
?mlp

i was an inmate at the prison where rinaldi worked. he was the kindest c.o there i am stunned that this has happened to him. the only thing that really should be said is how are their kids doing after this. that is ptsd

malasangre
malasangre

their training is to kill everyone.  good thing the kids weren't in the room.

Neddy Flanders
Neddy Flanders

HAHAHAHAHA! you have PTSD from taking it up the ass you fucking low life... 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I have empathy for others so I will not hurt them. I am a pacifist not a fucking asshole.

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Royalphoenix2 You are so right . in fact I know Rinaldi lied about PTSD to get disability benefits for fact . he also said when he got out the military told him not to work for 6 months while Amanda went to work after having the baby. He was and is such a scumbag. he got out of the boys home went into military for 3 hots n a cot and wanted anything they could give him. He was also going to school to get the housing drop. Sniper w a grudge. Moms address was Lee county jail when he enlisted and his dad was already a felon times 2. a very disgusting man with a hard on for life who was angry because she wanted out of the abusive relatioship

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

funny but since I am not a vet I would be willing to bet if I snapped I would probably be laughed at for claiming PTSD but I am sure that I have that. However I lack monetary means to deal with my problems so I deal with them myself.

AVOID THE VOID
AVOID THE VOID

  I 100% agree wit you. people today are not as strong mentally as back in the old days. humans both men and women are soft and pussified now. im a vet from the 1960s and I never flipped out and hurt or killed anybody.  MAN UP AND GROW SOME BIG BALLS AND DEAL WITH LIFE HEAD ON I SAY. quit being such a bunch of pussies. this all is further proof of the Pussafaction of the American Male.

Just saying Dont be mad at me!
Just saying Dont be mad at me!

Interesting as a Veteran you would title you all as "Shit Birds". Obviously he didn't know those Key Words....IDK....I'm just saying.....and what if some of these "shit birds" do fall outside of YOUR VAST MAJORITY are those valid and you wont wanna vomit......just saying....some of you " Veterans" do go crazy......I passed an Old Marine on a 2 way highway and it pissed him off, when we came to the end of the road, he pulled a knife and asked what My problem was????....well it's obvious he has the problem as I simple passed him and he turned punk and pulled out a knife....I woulda thought Marines to be tougher than that, but who knows!!!!!! 

gregg r
gregg r

i agree with you royal. ill tell you another thing that pisses me off is these "veterns" who think the world revoles around them, and they are right and everyone else is wrong.  my father ., uncle and granfathers all served. thank god after they served, the didnt tell people how to live, what to believe in and what not to belive in.  some of these old geezer need to chill

Jimmyb239
Jimmyb239

Wtf is wrong with some of you people? I knew Amanda from working w her in FL and she was the sweetest girl ever. PTSD is def a real illness I live w someone who has it. My girl friend was shot twice in the face by a dickless fuckwad years ago and she still has nightmares and flash backs. This case with Amanda is cold blooded murder and I hope the prosecuter tears his ass apart. R.I.P Amanda you are trully missed.

pamelab50
pamelab50

@?mlp are u f ingkidding me . He is a a hole of first order and always has been . He also has a real hatred toward women so either you had it for him or just really lonely

malasangre
malasangre

well ain't that sweet.  by the way nothing "happened" to him.  the abuser finally took it all the way.  

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

right I am sure he was so nice like all the other asshats that murder people. Have some empathy for the victim or stfu.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

fuck you. that is exactly what I do every day dipshit.

Just Saying - It's all good!
Just Saying - It's all good!

Gotta Love it " Pussafaction" !....you are right though...not quite as old school as you VOID, but I like throwing knuckles, but none of that these days....let's shoot em.....Not many men go toe to toe anymore, so as you say " Pussafaction of the American Male" LOL LOL

malasangre
malasangre

tough and intelligent aren't always found together

Just Saying - It's all good!
Just Saying - It's all good!

Interesting! Glad Pops, Unc and Grand Pops served and made it home, but I would bet that all 3 of them share great words of wisdom with people about what to do etc based on their experiences and i wouldn't call them old geezers....knowledge...sounds like you don't like to be told anything which could be why you don't mention yourself as having served.....maybe you should have followed their steps and wouldn't get pissed so easily because.....if you get pissed off that easy....wow!

malasangre
malasangre

CO's shooting women is pussafication can we agree on that part of this story?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

its cause most men lack balls and they need to hide behind a badge, a uniform, or a gun to prove their point, when pacification takes more balls.

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