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Christopher Allen HARGRAVE





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Revenge - Robbery - White supremacist
Number of victims: 3
Date of murder: May 19, 2002
Date of arrest: June 5, 2002
Date of arrest: June 30, 1980
Victims profile: Kenneth Brown, 27; Beatriz Alvarado, 31, and Fausto Jimenez, 30 (fast-food workers)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 21, 2006

Christopher Allen Hargrave – white, age 20

Sentenced to death in Maricopa County, Arizona

By: A jury

Date of crime:  May 2002

Prosecution’s case/defense response:

Hargrave had been fired from his job at Jack in the Box a few days prior to crime. He wore his uniform to the restaurant and received admittance because he stated he was called into work.  He, along with accomplice Steven Boggs Jr., shot and killed the three employees after locking them in the freezer.  

Prosecutors introduced evidence that Hargrave and Boggs had founded a white supremacist militia group. All three victims were minorities. Hargrave admitted to robbery, but said Boggs committed the murders. Boggs received the death penalty for the murders in 2005.

Prosecutor(s): Robert Shutts 
Defense lawyer(s): Gerald Gavin



Christopher Hargrave and Steven Boggs formed a white supremacist organization called the Imperial Royal Guard.

Hargrave met and began dating Gayle Driver, the daughter of the owners of a pawnshop. In April, 2002, Hargrave began working at a Jack-In-The-Box in the Mesa/Chandler area.

On May 15, Hargrave was fired from the Jack-In-The-Box for stealing. Hargrave had been living in a trailer on the Driver’s property, and he was asked to leave when he was fired from his job.

On May 19, 2002, Hargrave and Boggs went to rob the Jack-In-The-Box restaurant. Hargrave dressed in his work uniform and gained entrance to the restaurant under the guise that he had been called back to work.

Once inside, Hargrave distracted two employees while Boggs went through the back door. Hargrave and Boggs then took the three employees into the cooler and shot them several times in the back.

After stealing money from the registers and from each victim, Hargrave and Boggs left the store and went to a nearby bank to withdraw money using one of the victim’s stolen credit cards.

One of the victims managed to crawl to a nearby phone and call police, as well as alert a customer, who also phoned the police.

Two days after the murder, Boggs traded the murder weapon for another gun at the Driver’s pawn shop. The Drivers contacted the police, and Boggs was subsequently arrested when police confirmed the gun was the murder weapon from the restaurant.


Presiding Judge: Hon. Roland Steinle III
Prosecutor: Vince Imbordino
Defense Counsel: Gerald Gavin, Jason Leonard & Rena Glitsos
Start of Trial:  January 17, 2006
Verdict: February 9, 2006
Sentencing: February 21, 2006

Aggravating Circumstances:

Pecuniary gain
Multiple homicides
Especially heinous, cruel or depraved


[Direct Appeal pending before the Arizona Supreme Court]



On May 19, 2002, Alvarado, Brown, and Jimenez were working at the Jack in the Box on Main and Lindsay in Mesa, Arizona. At the 24-hour store, the employees locked the doors after ten o’clock so that only the drive through window was open. Between 11:15 and 11:30, all three employees were shot inside the Jack in the Box freezer. Brown died in the freezer almost immediately. Alvarado and Jimenez escaped from the freezer—Jimenez dialed 911 on the telephone shortly before dying, while Alvarado lived long enough to make her way to the store’s back door.

Between 11:30 and 11:45 p.m., Luis Vargas pulled up to the Jack in the Box drive through window and heard Alvarado moaning. When Vargas approached her, she spoke with him briefly.

Police Officer Beutal arrived at the Jack in the Box and also communicated with Alvarado, who stated that she was injured and “made reference to two” people still in the store. From outside the store Beutal could see Jimenez lying on the ground. Upon entering the store, the police found Jimenez and Brown deceased.

The night and morning following the murders, police officers documented the crime scene. The police found shell casings, as well as bullet projectiles and fragments inside the freezer, leading to the conclusion that all three victims were shot in the freezer. Cash registers appeared as though someone had pried them open, though less than $300 was taken from the store, with no money missing from the safe.

Steve Boggs’ friend and former co-defendant, Christopher Hargrave, worked at Jack in the Box from April to May of 2002. Hargrave was fired after Jimenez, an assistant manager in training, reported Hargrave for twice having a short register. On May 21, 2002, Boggs pawned a Taurus handgun at a shop owned by the Drivers. Mr. Driver cleaned the gun and placed it in his safe, finding the transaction suspicious. Mrs. Driver later called the police and informed the sheriff of the Taurus that Boggs pawned a few days earlier. On June 3, Boggs called the pawn shop and unsuccessfully requested to buy back the Taurus, which the police later retrieved from the Drivers.

Mesa Police took Boggs to the station on June 5, 2002 and interviewed him, leading to the apprehension of Christopher Hargrave. During the June 5 interview, Detective Vogel interrogated Boggs about the Jack in the Box murders for approximately three hours. Boggs waived his Miranda rights and agreed to voluntarily answer questions. Through the course of the interview, Boggs told several versions of what happened on the day of, and the days following, the murders. The next day, two detectives took Boggs to secure physical evidence and transport him to his initial appearance.

Boggs asked both detectives how to go about changing the story he told Vogel the previous day. At the initial appearance Boggs was appointed counsel. Afterwards, Boggs again asked one of the detectives to whom he needed to speak to change his story. The detectives arranged to bring Boggs to the interrogation room for further questioning.

During the June 6 interview, Boggs provided Detective Vogel with several varying explanations of how the murders occurred. At one point in the interview, after Vogel asked about Boggs’ son, Boggs told Vogel three times to leave him alone. Vogel did not leave the interrogation room, but asked Boggs if he wanted Vogel to leave for a few minutes. In response, Boggs began talking about how they were going to kill an innocent man and mentioned suicide.



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