Date of Birth: November 15, 1966
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
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
Prior convictions for which a life sentence was imposable
Prior conviction involving the use or threat of violence
Especially cruel, heinous, and depraved
State v. Walden, 183 Ariz. 595, 905 P.2d 974 (1995).
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.
SEX: M RACE: W TYPE: T MOTIVE:
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.