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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Revenge
Number of victims: 2
Date of murder: January 17, 1929
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: 1886
Victims profile: Pedro Ornelas and Julian De Luna (uncles of his sweetheart)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Greenlee County, Arizona, USA
Status: Executed by hanging on March 7, 1930
 
 
 
 
 
 

That prior to the date of the Homicide, which occurred on the morning of the 18th of January, 1929, at Morenci, Arizona, the defendant had forced his attentions upon one Paula Medina, a niece of Pedro Ornelas, deceased; that on the evening of the 17th of January, 1929, defendant followed Paula Medina home, where he was told by a sister of Paula not to bother her any more, this occurred at about 5:30 P.M.

At approximately 7:30 defendant shot and wounded one Antonio Lerma, a sweetheart of Paula and also shot at one Cepriana Delgado a brother-in-law; shortly thereafter, defendant was seen at the home of Cepriana Delgado with a pistol in his hand trying to gain admission to the house; he was also recognized by his voice by the people within the house.

Defendant returned to the house at about 1:00 AM and tried to gain admission by forcing the door and windows; the deceased Pedro Ornelas also Julian De Luna deceased, both uncles of Paula Medina, both of whom resided at the house, dressed and came out to find out who was making the disturbance, whereupon they were both shot down by the defendant.

The testimony showed that there was no evidence of a fight and that neither Pedro Ornelas nor Julian De Luna was armed at the time; also that the defendant had planned his flight prior to the homicide by packing his suitcase and leaving same with a friend with instructions to forward same.

He was apprehended by the Sheriff's office at about 3:00 A.M on the morning of the 18th of January, 1929, between Morenci and Clifton. At the time of his arrest he still had the pistol with which he shot Pedro Ornelas and Julian De Luna.

Dated at Clifton, Arizona, this day of March, A.D.,1929.23