Jahmari Manuel was sentenced to death by the State of Arizona for a murder committed during a robbery. According to court documents Jahmari Manuel went into a pawn shop in order to rob it and in the process shot the owner Darrell Willeford. The murder would be caught on tape and soon Jahmari Manuel was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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On March 31, 2004 Manuel shot and killed Phoenix pawn shop owner Darrell Willeford during a robbery that was caught on video surveillance. Manuel opened fire and shot Willeford immediately as he came into the pawn shop. Willeford fell to the ground and Manuel continued to shoot him. Manuel, who also goes by the name Warren Carl Manuel fled to North Carolina and he was arrested there in December of 2004. He was convicted of first-degree murder, burglary, armed robbery and misconduct with weapons.
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In March 2004, Manuel walked into a Phoenix pawn shop carrying a pistol covered with a blue plastic bag and immediately began firing at Willeford, the shop owner, who fell to the floor behind a counter. Manuel walked around the counter and continued firing, ultimately shooting Willeford ten times. Manuel then took two guns from the shop. The pawn shop’s surveillance camera recorded these events. At the crime scene, police recovered the plastic bag, which contained shell casings and DNA that was later matched to Manuel’s DNA profile. In October 2004, police arrested Manuel at a North Carolina hotel.
¶ 3 Manuel was indicted for first degree murder, first degree burglary, armed robbery, and misconduct involving weapons. After finding Manuel guilty on all counts, the jury found one aggravating factor, pecuniary gain, see A.R.S. § 13–751(F)(5) (2011), and determined that Manuel should be sentenced to death for the murder.