- - Monday, August 15, 2011


Third man sentenced in deaths of girl, father

TUCSON — A third defendant convicted in the deaths of a southern Arizona girl and her father has been sentenced.

Albert Gaxiola was sentenced Monday to two life terms in the 2009 deaths of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father, 29-year-old Raul Flores.

The Arizona Daily Star reports the 44-year-old Arivaca resident was convicted last month of murder. The jurors spared Gaxiola the death penalty for the murder of Raul Flores but could not reach a unanimous decision as to his punishment in the girl’s death.

Prosecutors decided to leave Gaxiola’s punishment up to Pima County Superior Court Judge John Leonardo.

Authorities believe Gaxiola recruited Shawna Forde and Jason Bush to kill Flores because of a drug-smuggling feud. Forde and Bush were both sentenced to death row earlier this year.


Protest starts after workers unearth Indian remains

SANTA CRUZ — Protesters want construction halted at a California housing development after builders unearthed American Indian remains at what is believed to be a 6,000-year-old burial site.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel says that about 100 people participated in a two-mile march Sunday to demand a halt to construction of 32 homes.

Protesters held signs reading, “All cemeteries are sacred” and “No bulldozers on sacred ground.”

Coroner’s investigator Naomi Silva says builder KB Homes earlier this month found a partial skull or mandible of an American Indian child buried in the grassy open space. A piece of an Indian necklace was also found at the nine-acre site.

Sunday’s demonstration was organized by a group called Save the Knoll, which formed about a week ago after members learned about the remains.


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