'Minutemen' Vigilante Shawna Forde Guilty in Deadly Arizona Home Invasion


"They told us that somebody had escaped jail or something, they wanted to come in and look at my house," she said on the call. "And they just shot my husband and they shot my daughter and they shot me. Oh, my God, ma'am, I can't believe this is happening. ... I can't believe they killed my family."

Lying in the kitchen, bleeding from gunshot wounds to her leg, she described the suspects as a white male whose face was painted black, a six-foot-tall Mexican man and a "shorter fat woman."

In the courtroom Jan. 26, Gonzalez pointed to Forde and said she looked like the female suspect. Previously, however, she had failed to pick Forde out of a police lineup.

Minuteman Shawna Forde Found Guilty in Home Invasion Killings

"Essentially, this case is a doughnut, a lot of circumstantial evidence all around," Forde's attorney, Eric Larsen, had said in his opening statement. "There is a hole, and that hole is Shawna Forde not being there at that home on May 30."

But prosecutors said there was evidence from Gonzalez and other witnesses that linked her to the crime.

They presented text messages sent through Forde's phone and recorded conversations between Forde and other suspects. He said Forde had planned the crime for months with her fellow suspects, in meetings out-of-state.

"Even if she didn't pull the trigger … make no mistake about it. She's the one who planned the events. She's the one who recruited people to do this," Unklesbay said.

Prosecutors also said police recovered from Forde several items of Gonzalez's personal jewelry, including her wedding ring, during a search after her arrest.

ABC affiliate KGUN-TV in Tucson, Ariz., and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 12916893.
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...