Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pima Jury Decides Forde, Leader Of Minuteman American Defense Should Get The Death Penalty

Shawna Forde

Jury unanimously decided minuteman leader should be put to death for her participation in a home invasion and double homicide.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 22, 2011

Tucson, Arizona - On Tuesday, a Pima Couty jury decided that Shawna Forde, 43, the self proclaimed leader of the Minuteman American Defense in Arizona should be put to death for her particpation in a double homicide. Forde was convicted on February 14, on two counts of murder, one count each of attempted first-degree murder, burglary, and aggravated assault including armed robbery. Forde faced the death penalty for the May 30, 2009 home invasion and cold blooded murder of both Raul Junior Flores, 29, and Brisenia Flores, 9. Forde along with Jason Bush, a white supremacist and Albert Gaxiola were charged with the homicides.
Forde, Bush and Gaxiola invaded the Flores home in Arivaca, Arizona and pretended to be law enforcement agents looking for fugitives.
Forde and her accomplices were actually looking for drugs and $4,000 that they believed Flores had hidden at his home. Forde had planned the home invasion and wanted the money to help finance her anti-immigrant Minuteman border security operation, but no money or drugs were ever found.
Bush's trial is set for March and Gaxiola's trial is scheduled for June.

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