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Shawn Patrick LYNCH





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: March 25, 2001
Date of birth: December 18, 1961
Victim profile: James Panzarella
Method of murder: Slashed throat
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on May 23, 2006

Shawn Patrick Lynch – white, age 38

Sentenced to death in Maricopa County, Arizona

By: A jury

Date of Crime:  3/25/01

Prosecution’s case/defense response:  During a home invasion robbery, Lynch and a cohort tied James Panzarella to a chair and slashed his throat.  The first penalty phase jury could not reach a verdict.  The State elected to retry the penalty phase and obtained a death verdict.

Sources:  The Arizona Republic 3/28/01 (LEXIS USPAPR file), 1/9/04 (LEXIS USPAPR file), 5/10/06 (LEXIS USPAPR file).


INMATE 206125


On March 24, 2001, Shawn Patrick Lynch and Michael Sehwani met the victim, James Stanley Panzarella, at a local bar.

When the bar closed, Lynch and Sehwani went back to Panzarella’s residence, a guest house behind his parent’s home.

In the early morning hours of March 25, 2001, someone from the residence called an adult entertainment business for a dancer. Sehwani wrote the dancer several checks from Panzarella’s banking account.

After the dancer left, Lynch tied the shirtless victim to a chair with telephone cord. After rendering him helpless and unable to resist, Lynch slashed Panzarella’s throat with a knife, nearly severing his head from his shoulders.

Lynch and Sehwani subsequently made purchases using the victim’s credit cards, and checked into several motels to watch numerous adult movies. Law enforcement tracked Lynch and Sehwani to one of the motels, where both were taken into custody.





Presiding Judge: Hon. David M. Talamante

Prosecutor: Juan M. Martinez

Defense Counsel: Joel T. Brown, Robert D. Stein & Anna M. Unterberger

Start of Trial: October 31, 2005

Verdict: December 1, 2005

Sentencing: May 23, 2006



Aggravating Circumstances

Pecuniary gain

Especially heinous, cruel or depraved





[Direct Appeal pending before the Arizona Supreme Court]






Shawn Patrick Lynch



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