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Dustin Meyer (PCSO photo)

A 22-year-old man was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault after being accused of choking his girlfriend three times.

Maricopa Police were called to the home on West Cowpath Drive at around 1 a.m. Tuesday. There, a woman told officers Dustin Meyer had tried to strangle her after an argument.

Meyer stated he was attacked first and was trying to defend himself.

The woman told police they got into an argument after Meyer refused to leave the house. She said the argument ended up in her bedroom with Meyer pinning her down on the bed while putting both of his hands around her throat. She said he choked her three times and she could not breathe.

According to the report, she used a key to defend herself, “digging her key into multiple locations of Dustin’s body.”

The woman reported diminished hearing in her left ear and a headache. Police noted abrasions on Meyer.

Police took Meyer into custody on an anticipated charge of aggravated assault per domestic violence.

Matthew Padzunas (PCSO)

Matthew Padzunas, 38, was arrested and jailed June 5 after he allegedly threw water on his wife.

He was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. at the couple’s home on West Windrose Drive when officers responded to a complaint about a possible domestic altercation.

“Officers arrived on scene and made contact with Matthew (Padzunas) and his wife at the front door,” a Maricopa Police officer wrote in their probable cause statement. “Upon initially speaking to her, I observed her to be covered in water on her head and her shirt.”

She told officers they were involved in a verbal argument about him wanting her to move out for good. Padzunas told police they were arguing about bills and other things.

“When she stopped talking to him and would not answer him, he threw water on her from a bottle in the kitchen,” the police report reads. “Matthew advised he did this because it was sort of a ‘wake up call’ so she would answer him and not ignore him.”

The report states he was placed under arrest in the couple’s front yard without incident on an initial charge of disorderly conduct.

Padzunas was in Pinal County Jail for two days. According to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, no complaint was filed against Padzunas in 48 hours, and he was released.

Kathryn Sinkevitch was sentenced to life with no possibility of parole for the murder of Michael Agerter at his rental home on Sagebrush Trail in Rancho El Dorado Dec. 16, 2016.

Kathryn Sinkevitch will spend the rest of her life in prison.

Thursday, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin White handed down a “natural life” in prison sentence to Sinkevitch after she was convicted May 7 of the first-degree murder of Michael Agerter on Dec. 16, 2016.

With a sentence of natural life in prison, she is not eligible for commutation, parole, work furlough, work release or release from confinement on any basis.

It is one of the harshest penalties in the State of Arizona, second only to the death penalty.

Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

Prosecutors maintain the murder occurred because Sinkevitch did not want to share custody of the child with Agerter and the two were involved in a court battle, including DNA testing. Agerter, 31, was murdered just hours after submitting DNA samples at LabCorp.

After a little more than a day of deliberations, the jury handed down its decision.

Sinkevitch, 35, appeared for her sentencing Thursday morning wearing a maroon jail uniform, with her long blond hair down and pulled back in a pony tail.

The victim’s mother and father, who live in Ohio, spoke to the court before her sentence was announced.

Michael’s father, Mark Agerter, said the murder of his son was one of the most cowardly acts he has seen in his 60 years on the planet.

“For 35 years, I have taught and coached high school kids and had many opportunities to speak. I have prepared a script though it will not be as eloquent or as colorful in vocabulary as he (Michael) might have done,” Mark said.

He said that since Sinkevitch was found guilty on May 7, many people have “congratulated” him on the verdict. He said the word congratulations is not the right word for the situation. He said Sinkevitch’s actions may not have created a circumstance where there could be a winner.

“The end of Mike’s life did not fit the type of person that he ever was,” his father said. “A few days following (his murder), there were comments on social media from Ms. Sinkevitch’s family members that Mike got exactly what he deserved. This is very disconcerting and did not come from someone who knew Mike.”

He said he has never found anyone who knew Michael that would describe his son in any other way than as a true and sincere person.

As his father spoke, Sinkevitch just sat silently and stared at the back of his head.

“There was absolutely no reason that the events that occurred on Dec. 16, 2016, should have ever happened,” Mark Agerter said. “Mike, from a young age, tended not to be fearful of anything. It showed in everything he did from climbing trees that were too tall as a kid to his efforts playing college football.”

Two armed, female sheriff’s office guards stood very close to Sinkevitch as Agerter spoke.

“Mike truly wanted things to be right for his son,” he said. “After all, he loved children. Unfortunately, he was never allowed to meet his son. There is a reason that we must have prisons. Someone who would act in a very unconscionable and cowardly manner to take a life, like the one taken in that garage in Maricopa, Arizona, on Dec. 16, 2016, must not have the freedom to make that decision ever again.”

He thanked the Pinal County prosecutors in the case, led by Shawn Jensvold and David Ahl and Christine Forbes. He also thanked the Maricopa Police Department for all their hard work.

“Kathryn Sinkevitch may have chosen to take Mike’s life, but she will never kill his spirit. His spirit lives on forever. His family will be sure that the little boy that we call Christopher will be the most loved little boy on the planet,” Mark said referring to his grandson, of whom Michael’s parents have custody.

Michael’s mother, Leslie Agerter, also addressed the court.

She told White about her murdered son and his relationships to his siblings

She spoke about her son’s deep relationship with siblings and family. She talked about her son’s many selfless acts of kindness to family, friends and total strangers.

She also spoke about how her daughter was on the phone with Michael when he was murdered.

“She was his friend but most of all he was her big brother,” Leslie said. “She listened to Michael utter his final words and take his dying breath after Sinkevitch ambushed him in his garage.”

She said no one is perfect and Mike was no exception.

“He may not have been perfect, but he was a gentleman,” she said. “At the first incident of violence against him, he should have been out the door. Instead he stayed. He gave me a whole laundry list of reasons why he shouldn’t leave the relationship. They all revolved around her, and him wanting to make sure she could take care of herself.”

Leslie Agerter said at first her son wouldn’t leave Sinkevitch because she didn’t have a job and he was worried she couldn’t support herself. After she got a job, she said Michael stayed in the relationship to make sure she could get to work because she didn’t have transportation.

She said Sinkevitch used her son’s car to get back and forth to work while he stayed home and worked.

“And finally, when he thought she could be self-sufficient, and he was ready to leave, she became pregnant,” she said. “We are left to raise our son’s son. We decided to call him Christopher in honor of one of Mike’s longest valued friendships. Her rights as a parent have been legally terminated. My son is gone. How are we to explain to his son her actions when he is old enough to understand? I hope I am strong enough and given the wisdom when that inevitable day arrives.”

Both the prosecutors and defense attorney Bret Huggins agreed there is little choice but to give Sinkevitch a natural life sentence.

Huggins told the court he had already filed an appeal and asked to be withdrawn as defense council for Sinkevitch. He asked the court to appoint another defense attorney to handle the case in the future.

White asked Sinkevitch to stand and asked if she had anything to say to the court and she only replied, “No.”

The judge then sentenced her to serve the rest of her natural life in prison with credit for already serving 896 days in custody.

A Curious Coincidence

Leslie Agerter said there is an ironic twist to the murder of her son, something she learned after Sinkevitch was convicted of the murder.

“In a roundabout way it brings everything full circle,” she said. “In December of 1984, Mark and I drove his sister to her new home in Houston, Texas. We decided to attend the Blue Bonnet Bowl between TCU and West Virginia. We watched the West Virginia quarterback lead his team to an astounding victory. On that same trip, I discovered I was pregnant with Michael and here today, 34 years later, we stand before that same quarterback who now presides over the state’s astounding victory over Sinkevitch.”

The quarterback of West Virginia at the Blue Bonnet Bowl in 1984 was Judge Kevin White.

 

Devin Hardman was arrested by Maricopa Police for possession of a narcotic drug, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer stopped to assist him on May 29 at 1:22 a.m.

In a police probable cause statement, the officer wrote, “I observed a vehicle with its lights on stopped on the side of the road near Wolf Drive and Powers Boulevard. I parked my patrol vehicle behind the white and color vehicle … and conducted a welfare check. I observed four occupants inside the vehicle. As I approached the vehicle I observed smoke coming out of the driver’s side window.”

The officer approached the vehicle and identified Hardman as the driver.

“At this time, a strong odor of burnt marijuana was emanating from inside the vehicle,” the officer wrote in the report.

After asking all occupants of the vehicle if they had a medical marijuana card, Hardman was read his Miranda rights and allegedly disclosed there was marijuana inside the vehicle and that all four of them were smoking it, according to the report.

Hardman said the marijuana belonged to him.

Wayne Edwards was arrested by Maricopa Police on charges of aggravated domestic violence assault, aggravated domestic violence and assault May 31 about 4 p.m.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, about 5:41 p.m. police responded to a residence on West Cydnee Drive about an assault.

A woman reported that her husband, Edwards, attacked her while attempting to get her car keys. Though Edwards denied it, the woman had an injured right wrist according to the police report. She also participated in a sexual assault examination performed by a nurse.

Police discovered Edwards had previously been arrested on domestic violence charges six separate times in the past 84 months.

Elisia Uglade (PCSO)

A woman was charged with possession of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia May 29 during a traffic stop by Maricopa Police about 4 p.m.

According to a police probable cause statement, two officers stopped a silver Chrysler minivan for a civil traffic violation in the AutoZone parking lot on North John Wayne Parkway. Elisia Ugalde, 33, was identified as the driver of the vehicle based on her Ak-Chin Tribal Identification Card.

An officer located a small clear baggie which contained methamphetamine inside her bra, according to the police report. Ugalde told police she took it from another passenger inside the vehicle, so he would not get into trouble.

She was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

During a search of the vehicle, police found Edgar Espinoza lying in the rear portion of the van. Espinoza was wanted on a warrant out of the Western Pinal Justice Court with a bond of $500 required. He was placed into handcuffs.

During a later search police found tinfoil in his front left pants pockets with evidence of a black burnt residue consistent with smoking methamphetamine. Officers also found a glass pipe in the vehicle they believe was used for smoking methamphetamine.

Espinoza, 26, was booked into the Pinal County Jail on the warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arthur Eric Magana (PCSO photo)

It will most likely be months before convicted murderer Arthur Magana, 19, will be sent to prison.

Monday at a hearing in Superior Court, defense attorney David Gregan asked for a status review to be scheduled three months from now. This leaves Magana in the custody of the Pinal County Jail and not in the state prison system.

Magana was found guilty of killing 20-year-old Wyatt Miller. Magana’s friend Gustavo Olivo accepted a plea arrangement in November that resulted in a 25-year sentence.

In a trial, Magana was convicted of first-degree murder Nov. 19 after the jury heard evidence of how he shot Miller 11 times in the back of the head and neck on Nov. 7, 2016. The jury also found Magana guilty of armed robbery as Miller was killed during the theft of four ounces of marijuana.

Magana is accused of killing Miller inside his truck in a rural area of Maricopa, according to court testimony. Magana was just 16 years old at the time but is charged as an adult because it is a felony, which investigators called an assassination of Miller.

Magana was wearing a Pinal County Jail blue prison uniform in court Monday.

When Judge Kevin White asked if Magana’s case would be set for a sentencing hearing soon, Gregan said the defense, “was not even close” to a date.

As the prosecutor did not object, White set the matter for a status review on Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m.

Kenneth Lewis (PCSO)

May 23, charges against a suspected home invader were enhanced due to aggravating factors.

Kenneth Lewis, 43, was shot by a Maricopa homeowner after he allegedly broke into three houses April 4 in the Cobblestone Farms subdivision. The residents of two of the three houses were home at the time.

Aggravating factors listed by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office include “the taking or damage to property in an amount sufficient to be an aggravating circumstance, physical, emotional or financial harm to a victim and at least one of the victims was 65 or older or a disabled person.”

Initial charges against Lewis were criminal damage (recklessly defacing or damaging property of another person) and three counts of second-degree burglary.

Lewis was shot in the shoulder after allegedly breaking into the third house.

One of the victims from the first house Lewis allegedly broke into, Erik Keen, stopped Lewis after he was shot and exiting the third house. He held him on the driveway of the house where Lewis was shot until police arrived.

Maricopa Police released video footage of two police officer body cameras when they arrived at the scene late last week. Some images may be disturbing.

The homeowner shot at Lewis twice, hitting him once. The homeowner was not charged for the shooting, as police believe it was self-defense.

Lewis remains in the Pinal County Jail on a $5,000 bond and will be back in court June 7 for a pretrial conference.

 

Gregory Flood Jr. (PCSO)

 

Those carrying marijuana might want to re-think calling the police for a ride across town, especially if wanted on warrants.

On foot along North Porter Road about 10 minutes before 11 p.m. on Saturday, a man identifying himself as Sean Stevens called the Maricopa Police and said he was “being chased by unknown suspects.”

Upon arrival, a Maricopa Police officer spoke to the man, who again said his name was Sean, “and advised me he was being chased by two unknown people, with an unknown description. Sean requested a courtesy ride to his residence on West Hayden Drive,” according to a police report.

“I provided Sean a courtesy ride to his residence and knocked on the front door,” the police officer wrote in a probable cause statement. “I made contact with a resident, who advised me no one by the name of Sean Stevens lived at the residence.”

The resident came to the police car and identified “so-called Sean” as Gregory Flood Jr.

Flood was wanted on two warrants from Maricopa Municipal Court with bond amounts of $817 and $458. As Flood was placed under arrest, the police officer searched him and located a green “Traffic” cigarette box in his possession, according to the probable cause statement.

“I recognized the odor of marijuana emanating from this box, so I searched the box and found what I recognized as a joint containing a green leafy substance,” the officer wrote.

Flood allegedly admitted to officers it was marijuana. Tests proved it was, according to police reports. Flood was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail on the warrants and one count of possession of marijuana.

 

Rashawn Grady (PCSO)

Rashawn Grady, 23, is accused of taking a child’s belt after threatening him with a concealed handgun on May 25.

He is held in the Pinal County Jail on a $100,500 bond and charged with armed robbery and shoplifting.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, two juveniles reported being victims of an armed robbery on North John Wayne Parkway and Smith-Enke Road about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

“The juveniles stated the suspect, later identified as Rashawn (Grady), pulled up next to them and asked if they wanted any weed,” a police officer wrote in their report. “They said they told Rashawn no and Rashawn then got out of the vehicle and told (name redacted) to give him his belt.”

The report described the vehicle as being “in traffic” when the driver stopped and got out of the car to approach the juveniles. According to the report, three witnesses then saw Grady lift his shirt and expose a concealed handgun in his waistband. They said Grady took the belt and drove away.

The minors, whose ages are not given, were able to give police a description of the man and the car he was driving, an older silver Nissan Altima. Grady was located at Bashas’ grocery store based on their description.

During an interview with police, Grady was initially inconsistent about the encounter, according to the report, but eventually admitted to having contact with the juveniles.

“Rashawn said he did not rob the juvenile,” the police officer wrote in their report. “Rashawn said the juvenile was a ‘b—h’ and gave him the belt when he asked. Rashawn would not admit to having a gun and would redirect the question when asked.”

Also, when police contacted Grady at Bashas’, he was found to have taken a full cart of groceries from the store without paying for them, leading to the shoplifting charge.

He was arrested and taken to the Pinal County Jail for booking. He was also wanted on a felony warrant out of Maricopa County with a $500 bond amount.

Dontai Sweat (PCSO)

A Maricopa man was charged with misconduct involving weapons May 24 when Maricopa Police found a knife on him after he stated he did not have any weapons during a traffic stop.

On May 24, Dontai Sweat, 33, reported to family members that “he was being chased by the mafia,” according to a police probable cause statement. Prior to the arrival of the police, dispatch ran a wants-and-warrants check, finding he was wanted on a warrant out of Casa Grande with a $200 bond. He also had a suspended driver’s license.

When police arrived, they saw Sweat drive away from the scene and located him a short time later at the intersection of Van Loo and Kennedy Court in Rancho El Dorado.

He initially refused to exit the vehicle when directed by police, according to the report, and officers asked him if he had weapons. He said he did not.

After he consented to a search, police allegedly found “a fixed blade knife, approximately 4 inches in length, in his front left pants pocket.”

He was placed under arrest for misconduct involving weapons as well as the warrant out of Casa Grande. He was later booked into Pinal County Jail.

Veronica and Corey Masterson were indicted by a grand jury. PCSO photos

 

A Maricopa couple accused of 10 counts of child abuse appeared in Pinal County Superior Court Friday and hinted at a change of plea.

Veronica and Corey Masterson were indicted by a grand jury on three counts of child abuse in December. Since then prosecutors have upped the charges to 10 counts.

Friday, defense attorney Cody Weagant asked the court for a continuance of the case for 60 days, so they might enter into a settlement conference with prosecutors and possibly a plea arrangement. He asked the court to schedule a change of plea conference on Friday July 19 at 9 a.m.

According to the police probable-cause statement in Veronica Masterson’s case, three children were removed from the couple’s home. During an interview with Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS), one of the children said, “When my dad wants us to shut up, he ties a rubber band around our head and then tapes our mouths shut. They’re always hitting us, and my mom kicks us.”

The child told investigators her parents smoked cigarettes and “something else” that she described as white. When asked by DCS investigators about the father, she said, “I don’t like him. He is so mean to us. He is always hitting us and tells us to shut up. He ignores us and doesn’t want us to talk.”

The girl also told investigators when she was grounded, she was not allowed food or water and she hid a water bottle in her backpack. After talking to investigators, she pleaded with them not to tell her parents what she said as she didn’t want the water bottle taken away, according to police documents.

“They don’t feed us, and we get super starving,” one of the children told investigators.

In the probable-cause statement, the DCS also informed Maricopa Police the mother is currently pregnant, and both parents failed to consent to drug testing.

Other allegations included spankings with paddles and belts and the older children being forced to take care of the younger children while the parents were out all night “doing bad stuff,” according to the probable cause statement.

The couple lost an infant child in 2013, and Veronica Masterson’s four oldest children perished in a fire last year in Illinois.

The father, Corey Masterson, 36, was taken to the sheriff’s office adult detention center Dec. 19, the day of the indictments against him and his wife. At the time of his wife’s arrest a week earlier, he had been taken to a Casa Grande hospital complaining of kidney stones.

 

On Saturday afternoon Rudolph Simarro was arrested by Maricopa Police for Driving under the influence of alcohol and domestic violence disorderly conduct.

“Rudolph (Simarro) was stopped for failing to stop for the stop sign coming from McCord Drive onto Duncan Drive,” an officer wrote in their probable cause statement. “As I was speaking with Rudolph, a reporting party called Maricopa Police and reported a vehicle matching the description of Rudolph’s vehicle was seen driving erratically on West Neely Drive.”

Simarro told officers he had been in a verbal argument with his daughter and an officer noticed he had scratches on his arm. He told police they were from a brush with a bush.

The officer asked him to step out of the vehicle and noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Simarro allegedly told police he had two beers.

A field test was conducted, and officers observed two indicators of impairment.

While tests were taking place on Simarro, another team of officers went to where his daughter was located on West Neely Drive.

She told police Simarro was driving erratically up and down Neely Drive and left skid marks on the roadway and curb.

She said that he tried to get into the house, but she wouldn’t let him in “due to him misbehaving due to being drunk.”

She told police he had been staying at her house for the past month and that he attempted to break into the house when she wouldn’t let him inside, eventually getting in and physically fighting with her, her mother and a brother.

She said Simarro left once but returned, “to collect his items but got into physical altercations again.”

Simarro was arrested and charged with DUI with a blood alcohol content in excess of 0.08 and domestic violence disorderly conduct.

Shortly after midnight on May 12, Maricopa Police contacted Nathan Dickerson and his girlfriend sitting in a vehicle near Rosa Drive and Miranda Way.

An officer asked Dickerson if he had any alcohol in the vehicle.

“Nathan (Dickerson) stated, ‘No,’ and then he reached in his pocket and gave officers a small baggie of cocaine,” an MPD probable cause statement reads. “Nathan, a short time later, disclosed that there was a plate and rolled-up dollar bill with cocaine on them. A search of the pickup truck was done and a white plate with a white powdery substance on it and a rolled bill nearby with white residue on it. Field testing was completed and showed positive for cocaine.”

Dickerson was charged with suspicion of possession of a dangerous drug, cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to MPD, and released at the scene.

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Michael Dematteo, 37, was arrested by Maricopa Police Monday on suspicion of having dangerous drugs, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

About 2 p.m. a Maricopa Police officer was on patrol near Meghan Drive and Arizona Avenue when they identified a green van travelling at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to get behind the van to run a license registration and “as soon as I pulled behind the vehicle it sped up and ran the stop sign,” the officer wrote in a probable cause statement.

The van stopped when the officer engaged their vehicle’s emergency lights.

Dematteo was identified as the driver of the van. He was wanted on a City of Maricopa warrant with a $500 bond.

During a search, officers allegedly located a broken pipe that appeared to be a methamphetamine pipe. A white substance was identified inside the pipe which later tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.

He was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail. He remains there pending the posting of a $2,500 secured bond and a $200 cash only bond.

Anthony Moore (PCSO photo)

Anthony Moore, 21, of Maricopa, wanted to fight the employees of a fast-food restaurant Monday morning but he went to jail instead.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause report, the manager of the McDonald’s restaurant on North John Wayne Parkway called police just before 10 a.m. The manager said there was a disruptive man in the restaurant who was trying to fight with employees.

“Once the male exited the store, the male grabbed a rock and threw it at the entrance door, shattering the door,” an officer wrote in the report.

One of the employees said the man who threw the rock was her ex-boyfriend. Employees said the man was yelling, “F— you, I am a gangster; you are afraid to call the police.”

The employees also told police the man was the driver of a black Lexus that was registered to Moore, who lived on West Alamendras in Maricopa. Officers located Moore at his home and promptly secured him in the back seat of a patrol car.

“During the ride back to the station, Anthony (Moore) stated, ‘I didn’t know the rock would break the glass.’ Once back at the police station, I asked Anthony if he was cursing at employees. Anthony stated he does not curse or get mad, he gets ‘paper.’ I asked what that meant, Anthony says he gets paid,” the report reads.

Moore was charged with criminal damage, disorderly conduct and driving while suspended. He was booked into the Pinal County Jail.

Michael Johnson (PCSO photo)

 

Michael L. Johnson was arrested by Maricopa Police Friday morning after he allegedly bit his girlfriend during an altercation.

According to an MPD report, a verbal argument was going on between Johnson and his live-in girlfriend at 4 a.m. on the backyard patio of their residence on West Cydnee Drive.

“During the argument, Michael (Johnson) took her LG cellphone from her hands,” the probable cause report reads.

She attempted to get the phone back, and a physical altercation began.

“During the physical altercation, Michael bit her on her left arm near elbow, causing minor redness in the shape of a bite mark,” the report reads.

She told officers after the physical altercation, Johnson threw her phone on the ground and broke the screen. Johnson told officers the phone accidently fell during their physical altercation.

“Michael stated he took the phone because it’s the only thing he has control over her with,” the report reads

Johnson was booked into the Pinal County Jail.

Family thanks all who helped in 'two-year ordeal'

Kathryn Sinkevitch was convicted of murder Tuesday after a day of jury deliberations.

Despite defense attorney Bret Huggins claims, prosecutors do not believe there are grounds to appeal the conviction of  Kathryn Sinkevitch.

“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict because it is entirely consistent with the evidence presented at trial,” Pinal County Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Bureau Chief Shawn Jensvold said after  Sinkevitch was found guilty of first-degree murder this week.

Immediately after the verdict on Tuesday, Sinkevitch’s counsel made it clear they intend to appeal.

A jury convicted 34-year-old Sinkevitch in the 2016 death of Michael Agerter in Maricopa. Jensvold and Deputy County Attorney David Ahl led the prosecution.

“The evidence, which was both direct and circumstantial, pointed directly to Sinkevitch, and there is no reason to suspect that anyone else killed Michael,” Jensvold said.

The Agerter family released a statement through the Pinal County Attorney’s Office:

“On behalf of Mike’s friends and family, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone involved in achieving this verdict. From the first officer on site that continuously talked to Mike even though it was clear he was gone, through the ranks to Detective [Michael] Dennison, Deputy County Attorneys David Ahl and Shawn Jensvold, we thank you. The behind-the-scenes effort, work and support given by Paralegal Christine Forbes and Victim Advocate Sonia Campos were incredibly invaluable to our family throughout this two-year ordeal. The team spent countless hours away from their families so ours would finally attain peace. Also, to the jurors who were tasked with making the painful decision of enacting justice for Mike. He took every legal precaution to protect himself and was trying to do the same for his child. Domestic violence knows no boundaries. Mike’s attempt to protect the child he never met escalated her aggression towards him, ultimately leading to his death.”

On Dec. 16, 2016, the City of Maricopa Police Department received multiple 911 calls of shots fired at a home on Sagebrush Trail in Rancho El Dorado. When police arrived on scene they discovered 31-year-old Agerter shot in the head and back. Agerter was seated in his car, parked in his garage.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police soon discovered Agerter was on the phone with his younger sister at the time he was murdered.

Agerter had a home surveillance system at his residence. After watching some recorded footage, detectives saw what appeared to be a female subject walking quickly from a white minivan parked diagonally across the street from Agerter’s house just after he pulled into his garage.

The subject was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and shoes, gloves and carrying papers in one hand with a bag draped over her shoulder. The subject was outside the views of the cameras briefly, then reappeared and scurried back across the street to the white minivan and sped away. Police ran a background check on Agerter and discovered that he had been in several legal disputes with Sinkevitch.

Agerter and Sinkevitch were romantically involved until they broke up in March 2016. In April 2016, Agerter was granted an order of protection in Maricopa County Superior Court against Sinkevitch. Records show Agerter made efforts to conceal his new address from Sinkevitch. Police also discovered Agerter filed a motion to establish paternity and requested parenting time with his and Sinkevitch’s son, who was born in October.

Agerter never saw his son before he was murdered, and the paternity results later confirmed he was the boy’s father.

During the investigation, police tracked Sinkevitch to a residence belonging to her friend and co-worker. Sinkevitch’s gray Mitsubishi Mirage and her co-worker’s white Chrysler Town and Country were parked outside the residence.

The van appeared identical to the van seen on Agerter’s home surveillance system.

Sinkevitch’s co-worker denied driving to Maricopa during the afternoon of Agerter’s murder. Sinkevitch claimed she was at work all day. However, upon reviewing workplace surveillance video, detectives discovered Sinkevitch had left in the middle of the day.

Police confirmed Sinkevitch had ample time to drive to Agerter’s house, commit the murder and return to work. Police arrested Sinkevitch in Avondale on Dec. 21, 2016, after receiving a tip. Witnesses told police Sinkevitch owned a handgun, but a gun was never located.

“We agree with defense counsel’s assessment that the defendant received a fair trial. As reflected by the fact that they deliberated over two days before returning a verdict, it is clear that the jurors took their responsibilities very seriously. However, we disagree that any legal errors were committed during the trial that are likely to result in the defendant’s conviction being overturned on appeal,” Jensvold said.

Sinkevitch will be sentenced on June 6, at the Pinal County Superior Courthouse. With capital punishment off the table, at that time she will receive a natural life sentence.

Seth Post, 26, was arrested by Maricopa Police May 2 on accusations of forgery, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

According to a police probable cause statement, a man reported two of his checks were missing on May 1 and on the morning of May 2 one of them cleared his bank and was written for $110.

The check was written in payment to Post, who is his stepson.

The man provided copies of the allegedly forged check to Maricopa Police. Officers determined the signature on the check did not match the account holders signature.

The man also discovered his debit card had been used to pay for an Uber ride on April 28 for $39.74.

Post was contacted by police at Copper Sky Park and allegedly admitted to taking the checks and attempting to cash one, according to the probable cause statement. He also admitted to the use of the card to pay Uber, the report states.

 

Ruben Alcocer, 25, was arrested April 29 on an aggravated charge of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), having a blood alcohol level of .20 or more and failure to give officers a truthful name.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, Alcocer was driving north on Porter Road about 11 p.m. and speeding. An officer believed he was going about 65 in a 45-mph zone.

The officer stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Porter and Homestead Drive.

The officer said the driver told law enforcement his name was Henry Alcocer. During the investigation, the officer determined his name was Ruben, not Henry.

“While speaking with Ruben, I could smell a strong order of intoxicating liquor coming from the vehicle. I asked Ruben how much he had to drink, and Ruben stated ‘nothing.’ I asked Ruben to exit the vehicle,” the officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

After giving Alcocer field sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest and transported to the Maricopa Police Department and advised of his Miranda warnings.

Alcocer allegedly admitted to drinking at the casino and said he had consumed seven Blue Moon beers, according to the probable cause statement. Alcocer also said he knew his driver’s license was suspended for unpaid parking tickets and that he had a prior arrest for DUI on March 1, 2017.

 

Kathryn Sinkevitch was convicted of murder Tuesday after a day of jury deliberations.
Michael Agerter

A seven-woman, five-man jury convicted Kathryn Sinkevitch of first-degree murder Tuesday in Pinal County Superior Court.

Sinkevitch was convicted in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter on Dec. 16, 2016.

Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

Prosecutors maintain the murder occurred because Sinkevitch did not want to share custody of the child with Agerter and the two were involved in a court battle, including DNA testing.

Agerter was murdered just hours after submitting DNA samples at Labcore.

After a little more than a day of deliberations, the jury handed down its decision shortly after 4 p.m.

As the verdict came in, Agerter family members let out a loud gasp of relief while Sinkevitch sat and seemed unaffected by the verdict.

She sat and drank water as the jury handed out her fate.

As Agerter’s mother Leslie Agerter left the courtroom, she said, “I’m just glad that it is finally over.” She and her family sat through every day of the long trial.

“Obviously, I am disappointed,” said Sinkevitch’s defense counsel, Bret Huggins. “There are some legal issues that have to be raised. I think we got a really good jury. I think they did a real good job. It is not over yet, but I am very disappointed that the jury saw the case differently than I did.”

Huggins said sometimes circumstantial evidence can be compelling, but he claimed the evidence in this case was not very strong.

“The circumstantial evidence in this case is, ‘We can’t tell who it is, and people are excluded.’ I’m disappointed, but that’s personal. I got a fair trial. My client got a fair trial. We think there have been legal errors made and we want to raise them in the appropriate court,” Huggins said, adding those issues will be in reference to how he believes his client’s constitutional rights were violated.

Judge Kevin D. White set the sentencing date for Sinkevitch as June 6 at 9 a.m.

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Kathryn Sinkevitch is accused of murdering ex-boyfriend Michael Agerter in Maricopa.

Monday the jury heard closing arguments and received instructions in the murder trial of Kathryn Sinkevitch at Pinal County Superior Court.

Sinkevitch is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter on Dec. 16, 2016. Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

Prosecutors maintain the murder was because Sinkevitch did not want to share custody of the child with Agerter and the two were involved in a court battle, including DNA testing.

Agerter was murdered just hours after submitting DNA samples at Labcore.

“The defense wants you to believe it could have been anyone who have committed this murder,” prosecutor Shawn Jensvold told the jury. “The person who executed Michael would have known that he was coming home that afternoon. That person also must have had some severe hatred of Michael. Execution, that’s what happened. It doesn’t make sense that it was just anyone who did this.”

Jensvold said Sinkevitch intended to kill Agerter. “That is the essence of first-degree murder.”

He said it wasn’t just one piece of evidence in this case that showed guilt but a culmination of evidence.

Jensvold discussed motive and Agerter’s unwillingness to be a part of his son’s life in the beginning but later changing his mind.

Agerter even filed for custody, and this angered Sinkevitch, according to Jensvold.

“She was so consumed with hatred for Michael … She decided murder was her only option,” Jensvold said.

The prosecutor also discussed opportunity and knowledge. He said Sinkevitch knew Agerter was to undergo DNA testing and also knew his appointment was at 1:30 p.m. that day. She left from work to murder him just an hour after receiving information about when his DNA tests were to be done, according to Jensvold.

He discussed Sinkevitch’s plan to commit the murder, saying that was why she didn’t use her work identification badge to open doors that day and used a friend’s vehicle to commit the murder.

“Why was Kathryn so careless?” Jensvold asked the jury. “How reasonable was Kathryn’s mindset at this time? The bitterness stayed with Kathryn, and she wasn’t thinking clearly.  A reasonable rational person doesn’t commit murder in the first place. He (Agerter) didn’t want her to know where he lived, and she hired a private investigator to get that information.”

He discussed DNA, soil sample and gunshot residue tests that were inconclusive.

He said the person on video at Agerter’s house was similar in stature to Sinkevitch, and the van in the video was also similar to the one Sinkevitch used that day.

Jensvold said Sinkevitch lied about what she did the day of the murder and said she didn’t take a lunch. She clearly is seen on camera leaving work that day for about three hours.

“Consider all the evidence in light of reason, common sense and experience,” Jensvold told the jury. “This can’t just be anyone. The real question is to flip it around – who else could it be besides the defendant? Who else had the motive? No one that we know of. None of the evidence has suggested that in any way. Who else had the opportunity? Who else knew specifically where Michael was going to be after returning from Labcore at 1:30? Who else would be so consumed with their hatred of Michael and self-absorbed to the point that they were willing to execute Michael and leave his family with a picture like this that they have to remember him by?”

He said normal people participate in the legal process when they have a custody problem like this.

“You don’t just go out and execute them in their garage,” Jensvold said in closing.

The defense then had their turn at closing arguments.

“This case is a circumstantial case. There is no direct evidence. There is no direct witness against Kathryn Sinkevitch,” defense attorney Bret Huggins said in his closing arguments.

Huggins said DNA is the gold standard of evidence and two DNA experts testified Sinkevitch’s DNA was not found anywhere on any evidence in the entire case.

Huggins said investigators never tested the van for gunshot residue, only two pieces of clothing that were in the van and only three microns of gunshot residue were found. A micro is 1/20 the size of a human hair he said.

Huggins said the state clearly has not proven their case against Sinkevitch.

The DNA that was found on a hair in the van didn’t match Sinkevitch, Huggins noted.

Huggins said there was no forensic firearms information available in the case. He said the soil samples in the case don’t match. He said they don’t know what size shoe made a shoeprint at the murder scene.

Huggins maintained that Sinkevitch didn’t drive the van seen at the murder scene in videos.

“Is that guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, is it?” Huggins asked the jury.

Huggins also questioned the credibility of the witnesses in this case.

“Some witnesses are just not credible,” Huggins said.

He said the case against Sinkevitch doesn’t fall together. Huggins concluded that Sinkevitch has been left with the burden to prove she didn’t commit the murder but in fact it is the state’s burden to prove she did it.

“Who caused the death of Michael Agerter?” Huggins said.

Huggins cautioned the jury to maintain their individual judgment about the case and not to be swayed by the thoughts of other jury members during deliberations.

“Too often juries become a committee of one,” Huggins said. “You get 12 people in there, a foreman is chosen and everybody else quits having any participation. The jury system doesn’t work that way. We need all of you to participate.  We are entitled to your individual judgment.”

While giving the state’s final rebuttal, prosecutor David Ahl said there is no distinction between direct and circumstantial evidence.

“There’s no dispute the defendant owned a gun, yet no gun was ever found in her apartment,” Ahl said. “None of this evidence proves that Kaythryn Sinkevith wasn’t the shooter.”

He said there is no reasonable doubt who killed Agerter.

“There is no real possibility that it was someone else on Dec. 16 who jumped from that van to kill Michael Agerter,” Ahl told the jury. “For that to be true that it was someone else, Kathryn Sinkevitch would have had to have left work in Bridgett Hopkins’ van for no reason whatsoever after not clocking out, despite having her own car there. Just under an hour after leaving work her phone would have had to go dead. In this period, with her cellphone turned off for two hours, Michael Agerter was murdered. Michael Agerter was murdered just over an hour after she turned off her cellphone.”

Ahl said Sinkevitch had the motive and opportunity to kill Agerter.

“She planned it out and tried to hide her tracks,” Ahl said. “After it was over you have her telling lies that she was at work all day. You have her searching her computer on how to turn off 911 tracking on her phone. This defendant was not ready to share her child with its father because it would make her life more difficult.”

About 3 p.m. Monday, Judge Kevin D. White gave the jury their final instructions and sent them to deliberate Sinkevitch’s fate after three of the 15 jurors were selected as alternates and physically excused.

Francisco Salazar (PCSO photo)

Francisco Salazar, 30 of Maricopa, was arrested April 28 by Maricopa Police on charges of molestation of a child and sexual conduct with a minor.

According to an MPD probable cause report, a woman contacted police saying Salazar sexually assaulted her daughter “as recently as a few days ago at their residence.”

Apparently, according to the report, Salazar admitted having sex with the minor to at least three people.

“A forensic medical exam was conducted at the San Tan Family Advocacy Center, where the forensic nurse noted an abdominal vaginal exam,” the report states. During a forensic interview it was determined “this had been happening frequently over a long period of time.”

A search of where Salazar lived in Maricopa was conducted, but he was not present. It was determined he was in Mesa and was contacted by phone by a family member. He agreed to return to Maricopa for an interview with police. He was picked up by a family member and brought to the Maricopa Police Department voluntarily.

During the interview, Salazar allegedly admitted to an officer several sexual acts with the minor, according to the report.

He was arrested and booked in the Pinal County Jail, where he is held on a $250,000 bond.

MPD arrested three suspects after a lengthy investigation in Alterra. Photo by Jim Headley

On Wednesday, Maricopa Police served a search warrant on Costa Brava Avenue in the Alterra subdivision and arrested three people for dealing methamphetamine.

Arrested were Brian Hopkins, 31, Colby Valdes, 23 and Rosario Harris, age unknown.

Brian Hopkins (left) and Colby Valdes (PCSO photos)

“We served a search warrant on a drug house that we have been working on for the last three weeks,” said MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado. “We were able to make three arrests and recover methamphetamine out of the house. It was a small quantity; however, it was packaged for sale.”

Alvarado also said the suspects had scales in the house and garage.

“We were able to get some money out of it for the amount that they were selling,” Alvarado said. “There were two people arrested there that had warrants and the main individual we were looking at who was actually doing the sales out of the house.”

 

Photo by Jim Headley

Soil samples were part of the evidence gathered at the crime scene in 2016.

Tuesday, Kathryn Sinkevitch’s first-degree murder trial entered its fourth day with the testimony of geologist forensics examiner Jody Webb from the FBI Crime Lab.

Sinkevitch is accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter on Dec. 16, 2016. Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

Webb has 21 years’ experience as an FBI geologist forensics examiner.

One of her co-workers performed soil comparison test around Agerter’s house. The co-worker could not testify Tuesday due to illness, so the FBI sent Webb who works with her and also validated these test results.

The FBI analyzed three items, a driver’s side floor mat from a vehicle believed to be used by Sinkevitch during the commission of the murder and soil from a two shoe prints at the scene of the murder.

The whole floor mat from the suspect van was sent to the FBI to be tested.

The soil samples from the floor mat and the shoe prints were compared and tests concluded the soil was different on the mat than both of the soil in the shoe prints at the scene.

The soil makeup of the two shoeprints were also different when tested by the FBI lab. Webb said it is very possible for the samples to be different and still taken in the same area.

Persecutors showed Webb a video showing a suspect wearing a dark hoodie going into the garage and walking across the areas that were tested when Agerter was murdered in the garage.

The soil samples were taken three days after the murder.

Under cross examination, defense attorney Bret Huggins noted that the soil samples don’t match and are eliminated as the source of the soil on the floor mats. Webb, the FBI analyst, agreed.

The soil samples were eliminated, she said.

 

Arizona Auditor General released the full report Tuesday of an embezzlement investigation that led to the indictment of Maricopa resident Suzanne Perkins, 56, former office administrator and governing board clerk for Thunderbird Irrigation Water Delivery District of Pinal County No. 2.

The district serves farmers on 720 acres in western Pinal County and is governed by a three-member Board of Trustees. One of the trustees is Perkins’ husband.

Perkins was the District’s office administrator and governing board clerk from 1998 until her resignation in 2013. She was responsible for all accounting functions, including signing warrants, which was also a duty of the Board of Trustees.

Perkins was indicted by a grand jury in February. According to the audit, from March 2006 to October 2012, Perkins allegedly issued 232 district warrants (checks), with 99 of them with at least one forged signature, for personal purposes totaling $278,371.

“Specifically, Ms. Perkins paid for $172,569 worth of personal credit card, District credit card and District line of credit charges and issued warrants totaling $105,802 payable to her family members that were deposited or endorsed to her and her husband’s joint personal checking account,” the Auditor General’s Office stated.

Perkins is accused of spending the money on personal purchases like air conditioner repair, stone countertops, appliances, kitchen cabinets, swimming pool filters, items from the grocery store, roofing materials, paint, a home theater system, MP3 players, personal computers, home furnishings, carpet and rugs, a riding lawn mower, health and beauty products, tattoo shop services, clothing, bridal store items, fabric and crafting supplies and pet care.

“From August 2007 through July 2012, Ms. Perkins issued 105 unauthorized District warrants (i.e., checks) payable to her husband and two of their sons totaling $105,802,” Auditor General Lindsey Perry said. “Available bank records show 100 of these warrants totaling $102,698 were deposited in her and her husband’s joint personal checking account. All warrants issued to Mr. Perkins are included in this report because he was not a District employee and he reported to us that he was never paid for any District-related work. He further stated that any work he performed was as a volunteer or as a member of the Board of Trustees, and he does not remember ever receiving a check… Of these 105 warrants, 63 had at least 1 Board of Trustee’s forged signature.”

The Auditor General’s report also recommended the irrigation district take steps in the future to prevent this from happening again.

“The District’s former Board of Trustees did not establish controls to ensure District monies were properly safeguarded. In fact, no written policies for financial processes existed,” the report states. “Ms. Perkins’ husband, who was also a trustee, participated in related-party transactions. In particular, he participated in hiring two of his sons and signed warrants payable to family members, including his wife.”

The auditor general recommends the district:

  • Supporting documentation for all expenditures is independently reviewed and determined to be appropriate and for District purposes prior to payment.
  • Financial duties are properly separated. For example, a person not authorized to sign warrants should record the expense in District records, and another person not authorized to sign warrants should ensure accuracy by comparing District records to canceled warrants.
  • Financial transactions are independently verified. For example, a person not authorized to sign warrants should receive treasurer statements directly from the county or use digital access to compare county records to District records and ensure transactions are accurately recorded and reconciled to treasurer statements. The Board of Trustees should immediately investigate and resolve any discrepancies noted in reconciliations.
  • Related-party circumstances and potential conflicts of interest are fully disclosed in writing on at least an annual basis, and participation in associated transactions is appropriately restricted.

According to the Auditor General’s Office, the information in the report was submitted to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, which then presented it as evidence to a grand jury Feb. 27. Perkins was indicted on nine felony counts.

Perkins is scheduled to be arraigned in Pinal County Superior Court on May 3.

 

Michael Agerter was killed at his home, and prosecutors believe the van used belonged to Kathryn Sinkevitch's friend.

On Tuesday, Kathryn Sinkevitch’s friend, Bridget Hopkins, testified at her first-degree murder trial.

Sinkevitch is accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter on Dec. 16, 2016. Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

Prosecutors claim Sinkevitch used Hopkins’ Chrysler Town and Country minivan during the commission of the murder.

Hopkins said the white minivan was her sole vehicle at the time of the murder, and her only means of transportation. It was seized as evidence in the case by Maricopa Police on the day of the murder, and Hopkins has not been allowed to use or even see the vehicle since that day.

Hopkins maintains if Sinkevitch did use her van in the commission of murder, it was without her knowledge.

Hopkins said she first met Sinkevitch in October 2015 when they were in the same company training group at the mortgage company where they both worked.

They started out as just co-workers but then became friends by April 2016, she said. She added they had conversations about Agerter after he and Sinkevitch broke up.

Hopkins told the court, “it was not a peaceful breakup” and Sinkevitch knew she was pregnant. She said Agerter didn’t want to be involved with the child at first.

Hopkins said she hung out with Sinkevitch a “couple times a week,” usually at Sinkevitch’s apartment. She said she and Sinkevitch were also thinking about getting a place together to save money.

On the day of the murder, Hopkins said she drove her van to work. She saw Sinkevitch at her desk later in the morning and said Sinkevitch was “staying at her desk for lunch.” Hopkins said she went to Wendy’s for lunch.

Hopkins said her keys and an employee badge were in her purse and said Sinkevitch never asked to borrow her van that day and she didn’t know if she borrowed it or not.

Hopkins said there was nothing unusual about the van when she got in it and left for home at 5 p.m. on the day of the murder.

Hopkins told the court, Sinkevitch came over to her house in Mesa that evening about 6:30. They cleaned the backyard and were getting ready to have a bonfire when the Maricopa Police showed up 30 to 40 minutes later.

Sinkevitch was taken into custody, locked in the back of a police car for several hours in Mesa and transported to Maricopa for questioning that evening. Early the next morning, Sinkevitch came back to Hopkins’ house after being released from Maricopa Police Department about 2 a.m.

Hopkins told the court they went to bed, and Sinkevitch got up early the next morning and went home to get a few things.

She said only later did she find out that Sinkevitch was not being truthful about not leaving the office the day of the murder. Sinkevitch drove her to work on Monday and Tuesday following the murder, but Sinkevitch didn’t work Tuesday.

Hopkins said police showed her the videos of Sinkevitch leaving the mortgage company and the white van at the murder scene.

She said police also pressured her into having a phone call with Sinkevitch, telling her they would name her as an accomplice.

Prosecutors showed Hopkins photographs of her van Tuesday at the trial. Her black hoodie was on the passenger side floorboard in the photographs. Hopkins wore the hoodie outside when she left the day of the murder for lunch, according to the company’s video recordings.

Under cross examination by defense council and redirect by the prosecutors, Hopkins said police pointed their guns at her and her children the night of the murder, when they were clearing the house in Mesa, and this upset her.

Hopkins also said it was not her walking across the street to Agerter’s house from the white van in the video.

Scene of the murder on Sagebrush Drive in Rancho El Dorado Dec. 16, 2016.

 

Anthony Daniels, a former co-worker of murder suspect Kathryn Sinkevitch, told a Pinal County Superior Court jury she sat and cried the afternoon the murder occurred after she returned to work.

Sinkevitch is accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter on Dec. 16, 2016. Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

Daniels worked at a mortgage company in Tempe in the support department with Sinkevitch. They worked together about two years before the murder, he said Tuesday as he testified at her trial. He was the second of her former co-workers to testify about her behavior the day of the murder in what has so far been a circumstantial case.

Daniels said he communicated with Sinkevitch daily at work.

He said she was very close to co-worker Bridget Hopkins and they would have lunch together. Sometimes he would also get involved in the conversations between them as he sat near Sinkevitch.

He said Sinkevitch was good at her job and was a diligent worker, adding she spoke about her child and how she was going through a custody dispute with the child’s father.

On the day of the murder, Daniels said Sinkevitch behaved normally in the morning. He said she mentioned that the father of the baby had to take paternity tests and said Sinkevitch joked about borrowing his baby for the DNA tests.

He said he went to lunch at noon the day of the murder, and Sinkevitch was not there when he got back a 1 p.m. He said she had an extended lunch that day, but he didn’t know when she did return. He also didn’t know when she left.

He thought she was probably gone a couple hours.

He said she was very quiet when she returned from lunch and was crying. Hopkins, he said, came over to talk with her.

Daniels said Sinkevitch had cried before at work but not often. He told the jury Sinkevitch just sat there and cried that afternoon, which was unusual behavior.

 

Maricopa Police arrested a woman April 27 on suspicion of domestic violence assault after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend.

According to an MPD probable cause statement, Briana Duvall assaulted her boyfriend after he did not answer his cellphone when she called him. His reason was simple: His battery was dead.

Police were called to the front yard of his residence on West Knauss Drive just after 10 p.m. as she was screaming at him on the front porch. She allegedly struck him on the left side of his mouth with a closed fist and scratched him on the right side of his neck.

The officer answering the call, reported several abrasions on the side of the boyfriend’s neck and a small cut on his lip. Duvall was later located on Butterfield Parkway at Edison Road and allegedly admitted to the assault, according to the probable cause statement.

She was placed under arrest and booked into the Pinal County Jail.