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.
Presiding Judge:Hon. Peter T. D'Angelo
Defense Counsel:Jesse Miranda
Start of Trial:October 15, 1990
Verdict:November 2, 1990
Sentencing:December 14, 1990
Especially heinous, cruel or depraved
Age of victim (Under 15)
State v. Styers, 177 Ariz. 104, 865 P.2d 765 (1993).