Wayne Prince was sentenced to death by the State of Arizona for the murder of a child. According to court documents Wayne Prince was involved in an argument with his wife where Wayne promised to shoot the children, his wife and then himself. Wayne Price would shoot and kill thirteen year old Cassandra Prince while her mother attempted to protect her. Wayne would then shoot his wife Christine who thankfully would survive her injuries. Wayne Prince would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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On March 25, 1998, Prince and his wife, Christine, were arguing in the apartment where they lived with Christine’s two children, Cassandra (age 13) and Andrew (age 10). Prince, pointing a handgun at Christine and Cassandra, repeatedly said he was going to kill the children, Christine, and then himself. Prince threw Cassandra to the floor when she tried to escape. Cassandra retreated to her room as Prince brutally beat Christine. Prince shoved Christine into Casandra’s bedroom, then aimed the gun at Cassandra. Christine placed herself between the gun and her daughter and pled for Cassandra’s life. Prince punched Christine in the face, then shot Cassandra in the head. As Christine yelled for help, Prince shot her in the neck. The gun jammed after the second shot, prompting Prince to flee. Cassandra died, but Christine survived. A jury found Prince guilty of murdering Cassandra, and attempting to murder Christine.
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A Glendale man has received the death penalty a second time for the shooting of his teenage stepdaughter during a family fight 11 years ago.
A jury set the death sentence Thursday for Wayne Benoit Price, 37. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Cassandra Parker, 13, his stepdaughter, and attempted first-degree murder for the shooting of his wife, Christie Prince. The two were shot during a domestic violence argument on March 25, 1998.
Prince initially was convicted and sentenced to death in 1999. But, he was granted a new trial under a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that juries, not judges, must decide aggravating circumstances in death penalty cases.
A jury was unable to decide last August whether Prince should be sentenced to life or death. Another jury began hearing aggravating factors in November and came back with a death sentence Thursday.
Court records showed that Prince and his wife got into a violent argument at the Glendale townhouse in March 1998. Prince’s stepdaughter tried to flee the apartment, but Prince prevented her from leaving. During the fight, police said Prince covered his gun with a pillow, walked up to the girl, put the gun against her head and shot her. When his wife broke a window to call for help, he shot her on the side of the face.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said Thursday’s verdict “represents a just punishment for the defendant. It is unfortunate that the victim’s family had to wait so long for this case to come to a close.”