State v. Jones

In State v. Jones, 188 Ariz. 388, 937 P.2d 310 (Ariz. 1997), the defendant was convicted of sexual assault, child abuse and felony murder. The Supreme Court of Arizona upheld the convictions and an attendant sentence of death on the murder charge. The defendant had struck the four-year-old victim several times on the day before the child's death. 937 P.2d at 313. One blow was severe enough to rupture the child's small intestine, which resulted in death due to peritonitis. Id. The aggravating factors were that the murder was especially cruel and the victim was less than 15 years old. No statutory or non-statutory mitigating factors were established.