Suspect in four slayings near United States city of Phoenix kills himself

05 June, 2018, 08:24 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Arizona cops believe killings of two paralegals and forensic psychologist are linked

Psychologist and counselor Marshall Levine was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound early Saturday inside a Scottsdale office building.

Police released a suspect sketch, left, in the killings of four Phoenix-area professionals: Steven Pitt, top right, Marshall Levine, bottom left, Laura Anderson, bottom center, and Veleria Sharp, bottom right.

The raid on the hotel room came after authorities identified the fourth victim, but authorities did not immediately link his death to the killings of the other three. Police originally said the suspect killed four people but on Monday said there were two additional victims.

Pitt also consulted on cases including the Columbine High School massacre, Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case and the Phoenix serial killer known as the "Baseline Killer", who was sentenced to death for murdering nine people in 2005 and 2006.

At a Monday afternoon press briefing, law enforcement said they started tracking Jones on Saturday night.

Police in Arizona say they spent a day and a half tracking the suspect, eventually finding him at an extended-stay hotel in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.

The killings of people working in related fields have fueled speculations about whether Pitt, the most well known of the victims, may have been killed because of his profession, a line of work that required him to study the minds of criminals.

Levine was found at about 12:10 a.m. on Saturday by an acquaintance, according to police.

The women, paralegals, worked at Burt Feldman Grenier, a law firm that specialized in divorce, child support and other aspects of family law litigation and mediation.


Sharp was shot in the head but ran out of the office to get help before collapsing on the street, police said.

They say all of the shootings have been linked either by DNA evidence, ballistics or Jones sightings. Police told AZcentral that they were confident Levine's death was related to the others, but it was unclear how he might have been connected to Jones.

One of the shooting victims was Steven Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist who was involved in several high-profile cases. She was more than a coworker, she was a friend, a mother, a grandmother, daughter and wife and gave all of herself to her family, her friends and her work.

Sharp was a dedicated mother, wife and daughter, the law firm said.

Veleria was a treasured member of our work family.

"I personally fielded a lot of questions from those groups because they were concerned", said Sgt.

The second woman was found shot to death inside the office. TMZ noted that Pitt famously theorized that someone close to slain 6-year-old was covering up her murder.

Jones, who was seen driving around Fountain Hills, was later seen dumping a.22-caliber gun stolen from the Fountain Hills home.

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