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Robert Lee WALDEN Jr.





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Serial rapist
Number of victims: 1 +
Date of murder: June 13, 1991
Date of birth: November 15, 1966
Victim profile: Lida Burhaus
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Pima County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on December 9, 1992

Date of Birth: November 15, 1966
Defendant: Caucasian
Victim: Hispanic

On June 13, 1991, the victim's husband returned home and found the victim's body in their bedroom. The victim's shoes, pants, and underwear had been removed.

A lamp cord was still tied around her neck, and her throat had been cut. The room showed signs of a struggle and an autopsy revealed numerous abrasions and bruises on the victim's body.

The autopsy also revealed sperm in the victim's vagina and on her thigh.

Walden's fingerprints matched those found at the victim's residence, and those found during the investigation of two other sexual assaults.

Both surviving sexual assault victims positively identified Walden as their attacker, as did a witness who observed Walden outside the victim's apartment.


    Presiding Judge: James Carruth
    Prosecutor: Rick Unklesbay and Sandra Hansen
    Start of Trial: July 9, 1992
    Verdict: July 31, 1992
    Sentencing: December 9, 1992

Aggravating Circumstances: 

    Prior convictions for which a life sentence was imposable
    Prior conviction involving the use or threat of violence
    Especially cruel, heinous, and depraved

Mitigating Circumstances:



    State v. Walden, 183 Ariz. 595, 905 P.2d 974 (1995).


On June 13, 1991, Robert Walden broke into Lida Burhaus's Tucson apartment, beat her with a lamp, raped her and tortured her, slashing her with a knife in the head, breasts and throat. Walden had previously been arrested for assault at least seven times. The murder weapon, DNA evidence, hair and fingerprints all linked Walden to the murder.



MO: Home-invading rape-slayer; victims also robbed

DISPOSITION: Condemned on one count, 1992; 28 years cach on six other felony counts.


Robert Lee Walden Jr.



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