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Angel Mayora MEDRANO





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: January 31, 1987
Date of birth: November 28, 1956
Victim profile: Patricia Pedrin
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Pima County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on August 22, 1988

Date of Birth: November 28, 1956
Defendant: Hispanic
Victim: Hispanic

On January 31, 1987, Medrano was at a federal correctional halfway house in Tucson.

After obtaining a weekend pass, Medrano spent the evening drinking at several nightclubs. Sometime after midnight, he drove to the home of Patricia Pedrin and parked in the driveway. Medrano knew Ms. Pedrin because he had served time in prison with her husband.

Medrano honked the horn several times until Ms. Pedrin opened the door and let him in the house. Once inside, Medrano raped Ms. Pedrin and stabbed her over 20 times with a knife. Around 8:00 a.m. Ms. Pedrin's children found their mother's body lying on the floor in a pool of blood.


    Presiding Judge: G. Thomas Meehan
    Prosecutors: Kenneth Peasley and Sandra Hansen
    Start of Trial: July 11, 1988
    Verdict: July 15, 1988
    Sentencing: August 22, 1988

Aggravating Circumstances:

    Especially heinous/cruel    
    Committed offense while in custody

Mitigating Circumstances:

    None sufficient to call for leniency


    State v. Medrano, 173 Ariz. 393, 844 P.2d 560 (1992).
    State v. Medrano, 185 Ariz. 192, 914 P.2d 225 (1996).



Angel Mayora Medrano



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