Prosecution seeking death penalty for Lunsford
By Linda Bentley | October 8, 2008
PHOENIX – On Sept. 26, the prosecution filed a Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty against Justin Wade Lunsford, 26, who is being held in lieu of $600,000 bond, for the July murder of Mary Elizabeth Hermann, citing aggravating factors and witnesses.
In August, the prosecution made allegations of aggravating circumstances other than prior convictions in the case.
Another Grand Jury indictment was returned on Monday, Sept. 29 against Lunsford, who was served the following day and is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on those charges at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 8.
As of press time, Sonoran News had not learned what the new charges entail.
Lunsford’s case is scheduled for a status conference on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 8:30 a.m. before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Rosa Mroz.