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Roger Mark SCOTT





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: To collect insurance money
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: December 2, 1989
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: June 4, 1948
Victim profile: Christopher Milke, 4 (his roommates's son)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on April 22, 1991

United States Court of Appeals
For the Ninth Circuit

opinion 05-99012

Date of Birth: June 4, 1948
Defendant: CAUCASIAN
Victim: Caucasian

On December 2, 1989, James Lynn Styers filed a missing child report, advising police that his roommates's son, Christopher Milke (age 4), had disappeared during their visit to Metrocenter mall. Roger Mark Scott was present with Styers.

On December 3, 1989, Scott admitted during a police interview that he had accompanied Styers the previous day to a desert wash in the area of 99th Avenue and Jomax Road where Styers shot and killed Christopher Milke.

Styers agreed to provide Scott with $250 to file a social security claim. Styers believed he would receive some of Christopher's $5,000 life insurance policy. At the conclusion of the interview, Mr. Scott led police to the desert area where they found Christopher Milke's body.

During a police interview, Debra Jean Milke, Christopher Milke's mother, conceded that she had conspired with Styers to have her son killed. She indicated that it would be better to have her son die than grow up like her husband.


    Presiding Judge: David R. Cole
    Prosecutor:  Noel Levy
    Start of Trial: January 15, 1991
    Verdict: February 7, 1991
    Sentencing:  April 22, 1991

Aggravating Circumstances:

    Pecuniary gain   
    Especially heinous/cruel/depraved
    Age of victim (4)

Mitigating Circumstances:

    Psychological history
    Love relationship between defendant and mother
    Good conduct while in jail


    State v. Scott, 177 Ariz. 131, 865 P.2d 792 (1993).



Roger Mark Scott


Debra Jean Milke


James Lynn Styers



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