Donald Delahanty was sentenced to death by the State of Arizona for the murder of a police officer. According to court documents Donald Delahanty was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by Officer David Uribe and when the Officer walked up to the car Delahanty would lean over the driver and shoot the Officer multiple times causing his death. Donald Delahanty was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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On May 10, 2005, Officer David Uribe – a 22-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Force, conducted a license plate check on a vehicle while driving on I-17. The result of the check indicated the vehicle was stolen. He pulled the vehicle over near the intersection of Cactus Road and 31st Avenue. Delahanty was in the passenger seat; Christopher Wilson was the driver, and a third man was sitting in the back seat. According to testimony presented at trial, Wilson handed his gun to Delahanty in an effort to conceal it from Officer Uribe. Officer Uribe then came to the driver’s window and asked Wilson to turn the car off and also for his driver’s license. Delahanty instantly lunged over Wilson and shot Officer Uribe three times, striking him in the head, face, and neck. Wilson sped away and the three men abandoned the vehicle a few blocks down the road. Delahanty and Wilson were arrested two days later. Wilson plead guilty to second-degree murder and testified against Delahanty at trial.
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On May 10, 2005, Delahanty shot Phoenix Police Officer David Uribe three times in the head and neck, killing him. Officer Uribe, driving a marked patrol car, had stopped a car driven by Christopher Wilson. Delahanty was in the front passenger seat of the car and John Armendariz sat in the back seat. As Wilson sped from the scene, Delahanty said “I just shot a cop”; “we got to burn the car.” After Wilson stopped the car, Delahanty unsuccessfully attempted to destroy it by shooting its gas tank.
¶ 3 Delahanty and Wilson were charged with first degree murder. Wilson pleaded guilty to second degree murder and testified against Delahanty. While awaiting trial, Delahanty sent letters to a girlfriend seeking to have Wilson and Wilson’s mother killed.
¶ 4 After conviction, Delahanty and the State waived a jury trial on aggravation. The trial judge found that Delahanty had been convicted of serious offenses committed on the same occasion as the homicide, A.R.S. § 13–751(F)(2), and that the victim was a peace officer killed while performing official duties, A.R.S. § 13–751(F)(10).
¶ 5 Shortly after the penalty phase began, Delahanty sought to waive presentation of mitigation. The trial judge appointed Dr. Bruce Kushner, a psychologist, to determine whether Delahanty was competent to do so. After receiving Dr. Kushner’s report, the court concluded that Delahanty had knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily waived his right to present mitigation. The jury subsequently determined that Delahanty should be sentenced to death.