On November 12, 1992, two witnesses observed Hurles in the Buckeye Public library looking at childrens' books. At about 3:00 p.m., two men tried to enter the library, but found the front door locked. As these men were trying to get in, another witness saw Hurles leaving from the rear door of the library. One of the men looked in a window, and saw a woman, who was the librarian, lying in a pool of blood. When the police arrived, they found that the victim's blouse was bloody, her skirt was pulled up around her waist, and she was naked from the waist down. The victim had been stabbed 37 times, and later died from these stab wounds. That same afternoon, Hurles went to his nephew's house and asked his nephew to give him a ride to the Phoenix Greyhound bus station. On the way to Phoenix, Hurles threw a bloody teeshirt and blue jeans into the desert. Hurles was later arrested when the bus stopped in Wickenberg. At trial, the jurors found Hurles guilty of first-degree murder, attempted sexual assault, and first-degree burglary.

Presiding Judge: Ruth Hilliard
Prosecutor: Al Fenzel
Start of Trial: March 31, 1994
Verdict: April 15, 1994
Sentencing: October 13, 1994

Aggravating Circumstances
Especially heinous, cruel, or depraved

Mitigating Circumstances
Deprived and dysfunctional family life
Good behavior during his prior incarceration

State v. Hurles, 185 Ariz. 199, 914 P.2d 1291 (1996).

January 24, 2000 -  STAY of Execution has been issued in the execution of the following ADC inmate:
Richard Dean HURLES #39884 on February 23, 2000.

January 6, 2000 -  Warrant of Execution has been issued for the execution of the following ADC inmate:
Richard Dean HURLES #39884 on February 23, 2000.