Men Plead Not Guilty in Murders of Phoenix Bail Bondsmen

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Nicholas Malicki
The man accused of shooting and killing two Phoenix bail bondsmen, as well as the man accused of suggesting that he shoot them, have pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them.

Police said Anthony Giunta got a little scraped up when he was picked up by a pair of Phoenix bail bondsmen for skipping bail, and he urged that his friends and family who were watching the incident shoot the bail bondsmen. Nicholas Malicki, 23, actually murdered the men, according to police.

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Both men were indicted by a grand jury for murder charges -- second-degree for Giunta, and first-degree for Malicki -- as well as a fairly lengthy list of other charges.

The bondsmen, David Brickert, 37, and Wesley Kampen, 39, of Sanctuary Bail Bonds, went to pick up Giunta from an apartment in the area of 17th Avenue and Peoria about two weeks ago.

Giunta resisted the arrest and "sustained visible injuries to his face," according to court documents obtained by New Times.

Giunta's family and friends started to surround the bail bondsmen, who were escorting Giunta away in handcuffs, and they were "vocally upset" about Giunta getting a little roughed up.

"Anthony yelled to the crowd to shoot them!" a probable-cause statement says.

Sure enough, police say, one of the people in the crowd pulled out a handgun, and shot the bail bondsmen from behind at close range.

Giunta was arrested a few hours later with the handcuffs dangling from one of his wrists and "minimized his involvement" when talking to the cops, according to court documents.

On Wednesday, though, Giunta decided he'd talk and identified Malicki as the shooter. Several witnesses also saw a photograph of Malicki, and police say each one identified Malicki as the shooter.

Police heard that Malicki also was trying to scrape together some money from people to help him skip town. They also heard he was staying at a house off of 27th Avenue, between Bell and Union Hills.

Police conducting surveillance on the house saw him leave the house with several others, and after pulling over the car, they found Malicki in the backseat with more than $500 in cash.

Malicki claimed he was there when Giunta got roughed up but claimed that he just rode away from the area on his bicycle and never even heard the shooting.

He says he's being "framed by all the witnesses" and that it's "another Nick" that the cops should be looking for.

It's safe to say police didn't buy that story.

The men are due in court again on June 19.

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David Downs
David Downs

Welcome to the wild wild west,two young punk ass kids destroying innocent lives and their family's. Their is a lot of tweekers in that neighborhood, fucking cockroaches.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Hazardous occupation because of the amount of completely useless deuchebags out there! It's their job to pick up the trash. THEY were doing the right thing. Ive got no use for wasted life people like Anthony and his friends. We spend far to much time hurding these violent ignorant pieces of crap through life. Typically they were asshole kids who became asshole teens who became asshole adults. All along the way the rest of us have to slap them on the wrists, try to help them, pay for their court appearences and pay to warehouse them away from everyone else because they are little more than useless predators. Wouldnt it make more sence to just dig a hole and push these useless assholes in it and cover it with dirt? We have thousands of these dicks already in jail and another few thousand roaming the streets, making ignorant comments on blogs and just trying to get attention because they have pathetic little existances devoid of anything meaningful. Bury them all. They are rarely as tough as they try to make people think they are. Even tough talkin Anthony began ratting out his friends the second he was arrested. He's a useless bitch. Bury him in a hole, shrug shoulders and walk away!

Nicole Harrison
Nicole Harrison

Hazardous yes, that doesn't mean it deserves a death sentence.

Chuck Klee
Chuck Klee

Hazardous occupation that being a bail bondsmen is. If they didn't wanna get fucked up they should have been greeters at Walmart.

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