INMATE 082792 - STYERS, JAMES L


On December 2, 1989, James Lynn Styers filed a missing child report, advising police that his roommates's son, Christopher Milke (age 4), had disappeared during their visit to Metrocenter mall. Roger Mark Scott was present with Styers. On December 3, 1989, Scott admitted during a police interview that he had accompanied Styers the previous day to a desert wash in the area of 99th Avenue and Jomax Road where Styers shot and killed Christopher Milke. Styers agreed to provide Scott with $250 to file a social security claim. Styers believed he would receive some of Christopher's $5,000 life insurance policy. At the conclusion of the interview, Mr. Scott led police to the desert area where they found Christopher Milke's body. During a police interview, Debra Jean Milke, Christopher Milke's mother, conceded that she had conspired with Styers to have her son killed. She indicated that it would be better to have her son die than grow up like her husband.

PROCEEDINGS
Presiding Judge:Hon. Peter T. D'Angelo
Prosecutor:Noel Levy
Defense Counsel:Jesse Miranda
Start of Trial:October 15, 1990
Verdict:November 2, 1990
Sentencing:December 14, 1990

Aggravating Circumstances
Especially heinous, cruel or depraved
Age of victim (Under 15)

PUBLISHED OPINIONS
State v. Styers, 177 Ariz. 104, 865 P.2d 765 (1993).