Phoenix Killer Cop Richard Chrisman’s Murder Trial Postponed Again

March 18, 2012

UPDATED 4/29/2013:  Attorney For Richard Chrisman: “Your Source Is Wrong.”

UPDATED 4/21/2013: SOURCE: Phoenix Killer Cop Richard Chrisman Will Sign “No Prison Time” Plea Deal; Family Settles

Phoenix cop Richard Chrisman (L) and Daniel Rodriguez.

PHOENIX — It has now been more than 17 months since Phoenix cop Richard Chrisman gunned down unarmed Mr. Daniel Rodriguez and his dog at his own home. Chrisman was arraigned on second-degree murder and animal cruelty charges on October 21, 2010 and has since been free to roam the streets on a $150,000 bond.

Since the arraignment, there have been a total of six continuance (postponements) of the murder trial. It is inevitable that the killer will walk free on some kind of plea bargain for probation, in keeping with U.S. police state precedent, customs and tradition. But it is the latest continuance granted this past week which shows a complete and utter disregard for law, procedure and human life when it comes to police who murder Americans.

Maricopa County judge Sherry K. Stephens granted the sixth continuance last Wednesday, but in a fashion which tells Americans that the court system is for the state and by the state. Maricopa County prosecutor Juan M. Martinez, likely carrying out direct orders from County Attorney Bill Montgomery, did not object to the sixth continuance and only gets more bizarre from there. Judge Stephens noted in the minute entry granting the continuance that there was no information provided by either side regarding the arraignment date (October 21, 2010); the original last day for trial to not violate speedy trial provisions (April 19, 2011); or the number of continuances granted before this latest one (five). Though the OP-NAT EYE obtained this information via a simple search of court records, the judge, prosecutor and defense attorney could not and did not do the same, as required by law. Stephens then ruled that the latest continuance is “indispensable to the interests of justice,” but did not provide any extraordinary circumstances, as required by Arizona Rule of Criminal Procedure 8.5. Chrisman may also be the only murder suspect in history who has been allowed to not be in attendance for most of the hearings regarding this case.

The original murder and animal cruelty charges against Chrisman were brought by then-interim Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, who was appointed to the position by the county Board of Supervisors in April of 2010 after then-County Attorney Andrew Thomas decided to run for state attorney general. Romley lost the Republican primary to Montgomery that summer, but decided to charge Chrisman as one of his last acts as county attorney before Montgomery took office. Thomas is now facing disbarment for several ethics charges and it appears Montgomery has no interest in bringing a local cop to justice on murder charges he did not personally authorize.

The new trial date is now tentatively set for August 8, 2012. A plea bargain dropping the serious charges and sentencing Chrisman to probation is fully expected long before any trial takes place.


UPDATED 2:34 p.m. Arizona Time

It appears while facing murder charges and confident U.S. precedent will clear him because he’s a cop, Chrisman got married to Maria Moreno on August 13, 2011, according to his Facebook (defunct). It seems the killer is moving along with his life as normal, after he extinguished the life of Mr. Rodriguez 18 months ago.

8 comments for “Phoenix Killer Cop Richard Chrisman’s Murder Trial Postponed Again

  1. Maggie Cabral
    September 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    The President can’t parden this cop from this crime in Arizona being a state
    crime and Juan is just not going to go away. He will get convicted
    He should get death but will likely get just Prison and Parole
    Maybe 20 years if it was the other way it would be death.

  2. Mike
    August 13, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I am a physician. I have been the expert for the defense in murder one trials. I have worked with those who have better track records than, Gerry Spence. Never, ever have I seen any attorney even remotely close to the stellar intelligence and presentation as Juan Martinez. His legal skills have more than the numinous and awesomeness of the myterium tremendum! Each time I pensively observe his uncanny skills, I am further dismayed. He must have been born with these abilities, and his integrity seems to be without peer!

    • Karen
      September 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Is that you Juan…put the pipe down buddy!!

  3. scott
    May 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    it is to bad that cops can get away with murder this is so sad and it happened’s all the time but when i cop is killed watch out who ever did that will spend the rest of there life in jail of get the dp really not to fair now is it ?this one should go to jail for life for murder

  4. Honestly
    April 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

    A cave n!@@er with a badge is incomprehensible. I’m not surprised that this mayonnaise monkey Richard Chrisman will get away with murder. It’s the inherent right of a white man to get away with killing his wife, children and others. These neanderthal apes will one day reap what they have sown. They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

    • September 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Amen to Honestly on April 21, 2013. One of these days is going to be the last time this kind of injustice happens because enough is enough. Keep on and it’ll be too late to turn around.

  5. Fenwick
    December 13, 2012 at 12:31 am

    The problem with corruption in civil service is that it gives the public reason to not trust legitimate officers and those who have reasonable agendas.

  6. OathKeeper
    July 23, 2012 at 6:27 am

    It will not be long till the public will begin targeting police for neutralization after having their fill of the brutality. As a former Deputy I would support it too. Pax aut bellum, MOLON LABE! As an officer one’s oath is to the People, you know ,your boss?

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