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Kyle David SHARP





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 1, 1995
Date of arrest: Same day (suicide attempt)
Date of birth: August 27, 1970
Victim profile: Judith A. Coughlin (motel manager)
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on April 7, 1997

Supreme Court of Arizona

opinion CR-97-0145-AP

Date of Birth: August 27, 1970
Defendant: Caucasian
Victim: Caucasian

Nine-year-old Brandon Coughlin became worried after his mother, the motel manager, did not return after he heard a woman screaming, a door slamming, and footsteps pounding in the room above at the Sands Motel in Wilcox.

After Brandon was unable to find his mother, he wandered over to a nearby Circle K where the clerk noticed him in distress.

The clerk called the police who went to the motel and found Brandon's mother, who had been sodomized and strangled to death, on the bathroom floor of Appellant's room. The police found Appellant lying on the bed fully clothed except for shoes, faking unconsciousness.

Appellant strangled the victim so hard that the bone at the base of her tongue was broken. The victim also suffered two tears in her anus, which had semen inside it, while conscious.


    Presiding Judge: Matthew W. Borowiec
    Prosecutor: Chris M. Roll and Vincent J. Festa
    Start of Trial: June 25, 1996
    Verdict: July 2, 1996
    Sentencing: April 7, 1997

Aggravating Circumstances:

    Especially heinous, cruel, or depraved

Mitigating Circumstances:

    Some degree of personality or antisocial personality disorder


State v. Sharp, 193 Ariz. 414, 973 P.2d 1171 (1999).



Kyle David Sharp



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