INMATE 056613 - HEDLUND
On March 10, 1991, Hedlund and his half-brother, James Erin McKinney, brutally beat
and shot 40-year-old Christine Mertens in her home, during the commission of a burglary.
Mrs. Mertens' son found his mother dead, lying face down on the living room floor.
Hedlund and McKinney had ransacked Mrs. Mertens' bedroom and rifled through her
On March 23, 1991, Hedlund and McKinney burglarized the home of 65-year-old James
McClain and shot him in the head while he was asleep in his bed. Hedlund and McKinney
ransacked Mr. McClain's home and stole personal property, including several guns.
Hedlund was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Mr. McClain and was sentenced
to death. He was convicted of second-degree murder for killing Mrs. Martens, two
counts of burglary in the first degree, and one count of theft.
Presiding Judge: Hon. Steven D. Sheldon
Prosecutor: Louis Stalzer
Defense Counsel: Peter Leander and Thomas Phalen
Start of Trial: October 13, 1992
November 12, 1992
July 30, 1993
Previously convicted of serious offense
Hedlund v. Sheldon, 173 Ariz. 143, 840 P.2d 1008 (1992).
State v. Hedlund, 185 Ariz. 567, 917 P.2d 1214 (1996).