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Paul Bradley SPEER





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Conspiracy - Witness elimination
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: May 25, 2002
Date of birth: November 13, 1978
Victim profile: Adan Soto, 42
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on March 29, 2007

Supreme Court of Arizona


opinion CR-07-0103-AP


Inmate 140694 Speer Paul, B

Paul Speer was in jail awaiting trial for burglary. In March 2002, he and his brother, Chris Womble had burglarized the residence of the Adan and Enriqueta Soto. 

Believing he was doing them a favor, Speer's other brother, Brian Womble, conspired with Speer over the phone to kill Adan and Enriqueta Soto, who were to be witnesses.

On May 25, 2002, Womble pushed back a screen and a window in the Soto's residence, entered their bedroom and shot the couple with a silenced gun as they slept.

Enriqueta awoke in pain, not knowing she had been shot and called 911 after failing to arouse Adan. He died with his arms around a young son. Two other children were asleep in the house at the time.

Adan, 42, died; Enriqueta, then 30, was permanently debilitated.

Brian Womble was also sentenced to death for his participation in this crime.


Paul Bradley Speer



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