On the evening of November 4, 1989, David Detrich and codefendant Charlton traveled to Tucson from Benson, Arizona. They picked up the victim, a 38-year-old female, who was hitchhiking somewhere in the Tucson area. Charlton then drove Detrich and the victim, a known drug addict, to a residential location where they bought $75 worth of cocaine. They went to the victim's home and the victim went into a bedroom and returned with a hypodermic syringe. Detrich became extremely angry when he realized that the cocaine was "bad" and could not be intravenously injected. He threatened the victim and blamed her for the poor quality of cocaine. Detrich demanded that the victim have sex with him, but the victim ignored him and pretended to sleep. Detrich then placed a knife to her throat and continued to threaten her and demanded sex. While holding her at knife point, Detrich forced the victim into Charlton's car and told Charlton to drive out of town. Detrich raped the victim in the front seat and stabbed her numerous times before slitting her throat.

Presiding Judge: Michael Alfred
Prosecutor: Ken Peasley
Start of Trial: October 23, 1990
Verdict:  November 2, 1990
Sentencing: February 7, 1991

Aggravating Circumstances
Especially heinous/cruel/depraved

Mitigating Circumstances
None sufficient to call for leniency

State v. Detrich, 178 Ariz. 380, 873 P.2d 1302 (1994).
State v. Detrich, 188 Ariz. 57, 932 P.2d 1328 (1997).


April 23, 2003
A Warrant of Execution has been issued by the Arizona District Court for the execution of DAVID SCOTT DETRICH ADC#083703 scheduled for June 3, 2003.  Inmate Detrich has not exhausted his appeals process

May 06, 2003
A Stay of Execution has been issued by the US District Court in the execution of DAVID SCOTT DETRICH, scheduled for June 3, 2003;