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.
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
Especially heinous, cruel or depraved
State v. Runningeagle, 176 Ariz. 59, 859 P.2d 169 (1993).