Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Tuesday he has notified the Arizona Supreme Court of the state’s intent to seek a warrant of execution for death row inmate Murray Hooper. This would be the third execution warrant issued in Arizona this year.
“Our state recognizes that those who commit the most heinous crimes deserve the ultimate punishment,” said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “It is the appropriate response, and we must faithfully carry out the court-ordered sentences for the victims, their families, and our communities.”
On December 31, 1980, William Bracy, Murray Hooper, and Edward McCall, a former Phoenix police officer, went to the home of Patrick Redmond in Phoenix. Redmond, his wife, Marilyn, and his mother-in-law, Helen Phelps, were preparing for a New Year’s Eve party when Bracy, Hooper, and McCall entered the house and forced the Redmonds and Phelps into the master bedroom at gunpoint. After taking jewelry and money, the intruders bound and gagged the victims. They shot each victim in the head and slashed Mr. Redmond’s throat. Mr. Redmond and Mrs. Phelps died from their wounds, but Mrs. Redmond survived and later identified all three killers.
Bracy, Hooper, and McCall were convicted of the murders. Bracy and McCall died before their sentences could be carried out.
Currently, there are 111 inmates on Arizona’s death row, and 22 have exhausted their appeals.
Read a copy of the filing here.