A 1997 Cottonwood Murder Case Ends In A Hung Jury

A murder case that was highlighted on a national television show has ended in a hung jury. A jury deliberated the murder case of Cecilio Cruz, who is accused of murdering Marisol Gonzalez, and her unborn son, in Cottonwood in 1997 when the two were both 17-years-old. The jury met for ten hours Friday and […]

Camp Verde Man Formally Charged With Murder In Connection With Jody Makuch’s Death

The man connected to the death of Cottonwood Police Commander Jody Makuch has been formally indicted in the case. The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office says 41-year-old Jason Engel of Camp Verde has been charged with one count of second degree murder and five counts of endangerment. Makuch was riding his motorcycle, off-duty, through Cottonwood on […]

Lezmond Mitchell Was Executed Wednesday In Indiana

A Navajo man, convicted of a gruesome double murder on the Navajo Nation in 2001, was executed by lethal injection Wednesday in Indiana. Thirty-eight year old Lezmond Mitchell was executed at 6:29 p.m. eastern time after being found found guilty of the beating and stabbing deaths of 63-year-old Alycie Sim and her nine-year-old granddaughter near […]

Continued Work By YCSO Investigators Help Solve A 40-Year-Old Cold Case

A cold case dating back to 1980 has been solved. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say the body of then 29-year-old Michael E. Lee was found on a two-track road off Highway 179 in Yavapai County in October of 1980. Lee was found with several gunshot wounds to the head. He was an ironworker from Indiana […]

Husband Kills His Wife, Turns Himself In To Police Saturday

A man turned himself in to Cottonwood Police Saturday after he admitted to killing his wife at their Black Canyon City home on Friday. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials went to the home of 64-year-old Donald Scott and found the woman, 53-year-old Michelle Scott dead inside. Donald claimed ongoing marital disputes over the last several months […]

Gun Used In The Murder Of A New Mexico Woman Linked To The Prime Suspect

The gun seized from the brother of the man charged in connection with the death of a New Mexico woman back in January has been linked to the prime suspect. Court documents say 21-year-old Airman Mark Gooch kidnapped 27-year-old Sasha Krause on January 18th or 19th and took her to an area near Flagstaff at […]

Authorities Arrest Another Person In The Sasha Krause Murder Case

A second person has been arrested in connection with the murder of Sasha Krause. Detectives with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, along with federal agents, arrested Samuel David Gooch on Sunday. Officials say Gooch made arrangements by phone to take possession of a firearm which his brother, Mark Gooch had given to a third party. […]