Friday, January 28, 2011

Arizona Minuteman Leader Forde Facing Death Penalty In Cold Blooded Double Homicide, Including 9-year-old Girl

(L-R) Shawna Forde, Jason Bush and Albert Gaxiola
Photos: Pima County Sheriff's Office

Brisenia Flores, 9.

State prosecutor seeking the death penalty in double homicide that left a 9-year-old girl dead

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 28, 2011

Tucson, Arizona - The murder trial of Shawna Forde, 43, the self proclaimed leader of the Minuteman American Defense in Arizona is on trial for the May 30, 2009 home invasion and cold blooded murder of both Raul Junior Flores and Brisenia Flores, 9. Forde along with Jason Bush, a white supremacist and Albert Gaxiola are charged with first-degree murder and are facing the death penalty, if found guilty.
The only survivor was Gina Gonzalez, the mother of Brisenia. Forde, Bush and Gaxiola invaded the Flores home in Arivaca, Arizona and pretended to be law enforcement agents looking for fugitives. But Assistant Pima County District Attorney Kelly Johnson argued that Forde and her accomplices went to Flores home looking for drugs and money to help finance her anti-immigrant Minuteman border security operation. Flores was shot at least three times and Brisenia was shot twice in the head after witnessing her father's murder. Gonzalez was shot twice, but managed to survive by acting that she was dead.
She told the jury, that one of the men had shot her daughter after he assured Brisenia, she wouldn't get shot. She identified Gaxiola as an accomplice who had previously been caught by her husband Flores for trying to hide Marijuana in their property.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik described Forde as a "psychopath."
Bush's trial is set for March and Gaxiola's trial is scheduled for June.

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