INMATE 071847 - RUNNINGEAGLE, SEAN B


At about 6:00 a.m. on December 6, 1987, Running Eagle, Corey Tilden, and Orva Antone were burglarizing the Robert Davis residence in Phoenix. Davis' neighbor, 72-year-old Herbert Williams, came outside and told the men to leave or he would call the police. Running Eagle began to tease and threaten Mr. Williams with a large hunting knife. Mr. Williams' wife, Jacqueline, then came outside and began yelling. Tilden hit Mrs. Williams over the head with a large flashlight. Running Eagle and Tilden then forced their way into the Williams' home, and beat and stabbed them both to death. Mr. Williams was stabbed five times in the chest, arm, pelvis and back. Mrs. Williams was stabbed four times in the chest and abdomen and her throat was cut. Running Eagle and Tilden were tried jointly. Antone pled guilty to second-degree burglary and testified against Running Eagle and Tilden. Running Eagle and Tilden were both convicted of two counts of first-degree murder; Tilden received two life sentences.

PROCEEDINGS
Presiding Judge: Hon. Gloria G. Ybarra
Prosecutor: Paul Ahler
Defense Counsel: Baltazar Iniguez
Start of Trial: June 21, 1988
Verdict: July 27, 1988
Sentencing: February 3, 1989

Aggravating Circumstances
Pecuniary gain
Especially heinous, cruel or depraved
Multiple homicides

PUBLISHED OPINIONS
State v. Runningeagle, 176 Ariz. 59, 859 P.2d 169 (1993).