Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for two Mesa men accused in a 14-month shooting spree, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced Tuesday.
Dale Hausner, 33, and Samuel Dieteman, 30, are each jailed on two counts of firstdegree murder, 14 counts of attempted first-degree murder, 14 counts of aggravated assault and 16 counts of drive-by shooting.
“This campaign of terrorism is fully deserving of the ultimate penalty allowed by law,” Thomas said.
Thomas cited legal reasons for pursuing the death penalty: The men are accused of committing more than one murder, they are accused of committing other serious offenses, and the killings were committed in a “heinous, cruel or depraved manner” and in a “cold, calculated manner with no pretense of moral or legal justification.”
Prosecutors will have to prove only one of those allegations to argue for the death penalty — but only if they gain a guilty verdict first.
Dieteman and Hausner were arrested Aug. 4 after police followed them for a week.
The two are charged in the deaths of Robin Blasnek, 22, and Claudia Gutierrez-Cruz, 20, who were gunned down in Mesa and Scottsdale, respectively.