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5/8/2009 6:00:00 AM
Convicted murderer dies in state prison
Raza Shah
Raza Shah

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A Kingman man died in a Tucson prison Tuesday nearly 16 years after he shot and then burned the body of his victim.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials confirmed the death of Raza Shah, 39, Thursday morning. On May 6, 1993, the boyfriend of Tina M. Hausladen, 28, reported her missing after she failed to return from a quick trip to the grocery store. Mohave County Sheriff's deputies found her body two days later near DW Ranch Road and Interstate 40. She had been shot twice and her body had been burned.

Shah's brother reported to deputies that Shah had been acting strangely. Deputies were able to trace the tire tracks and footprints at the crime scene to Shah and a van he owned. Deputies also found a shovel and blood in the van.

They arrested Shah, who was 23 at the time, on May 13 at Mohave Mental Health.

Shah told deputies that Hausladen was despondent over an affair the two of them were having and shot herself in the head. He then shot her again.

The only connection that deputies were able to make was that Hausladen and Shah had worked one day together at the same car dealership.

Shah's attorney claimed that Shah had mental as well as drinking and gambling problems. He said Hausladen was in an affair with Shah and had gone willingly with him.

Shah refused the first plea agreement that was offered, but later accepted a deal and pleaded guilty on June 30, 1994, in lieu of the prosecution seeking the death penalty.

Judge Conn sentenced him Aug. 24, 1994, to life without the possibility for parole for 25 years on the murder charge and 15 years in prison for kidnapping. The sentences were to run one after the other.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014
Article comment by: theresa hausladen

I had not heard that the killer died. only that he was captured. Tina was a trusting soul with a kind heart. She will be forever missed ...Nick her son has her bubbly personality . I have not seen him in a few years however. Nicks father is my younger brother. I know it changed his life . He has just never been the same. He n Tina were not together at the time. RIP lil girl.

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: Kim Chacon

RIP Tina. You were a beautiful, kind & funny woman. You were such an amazing mom. I'm blessed to have known you. I've never forgotten how special you were. You were so happy to move to Kingman and build your life with Bill and your son. I only wish you could have been saved.

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Summerson

The KPD were notified when Tina was 1 hour missing from a trip to the grocery store. The KPD did nothing other than question me. Had the KPD looked for Tina, her life may have been saved.

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Article comment by: One of many broken hearts.

The girl this [deleted] killed was an amazing person. She was a great mom, sister, daughter and friend. [Deleted]. I just wish he had to suffer like he made her and her family suffer. I hope he [deleted]. He should have never been let into this country and he hopefully won't be burried in American soil. Tina is missed every single day because if you knew her, you loved her and people like her are very rare. She will be forever missed and loved.

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Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Hey NO NAME!!!

You need to just mind your own business, who do you think you are? Are you the town crier?

The KPD should have caught the guy before he killed her. I tried to keep my mouth shut but why if people like you are out here!!!! Get a life and read the paper instead of having to say something about the way people feel. You people make me so mad, I do feel sorry for the bear, but not the prisoner or any other prisoner that has commited a crime. Get your stuff straight!!

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009
Article comment by: The Realist

Wow...If he were in California he'd probably be taxed and fined for not using ALL the time he was given in prison. What did he die of??? I bet it wasn't from "Dating a Psycho!"

Posted: Saturday, May 9, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Hey Cindy, don't ya want to call PETA. My gosh cruelty to human!! prison let him die!! was this KPD's fault too!

Posted: Friday, May 8, 2009
Article comment by: Jinx

Oh boo hoo, they should have hung the SOB.

Posted: Friday, May 8, 2009
Article comment by: Penny

Ask me if I'm sympathetic... go on... just ask me.

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