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Tue, June 18

Sentencing date postponed of triple murderer

The sentencing of a California man convicted of killing a Golden Valley family six years ago was postponed Wednesday until November.

A specially paneled Mohave County jury is expected to sentence convicted triple murderer Frank Anderson beginning Nov.

18 during a seven-day trial before Mohave County Superior Court Judge James Chavez.

The sentencing phase of the trial was scheduled to begin Oct.


Anderson could be one of the first defendants in Mohave County to be sentenced under a new state law that puts death penalty sentences into the hands of the jury, not a judge.

The law, passed by the state Legislature in August was enacted after the U.S.

Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional that judges impose the death penalty in capital cases.

Arizona was one of five states where the judge sentenced a defendant.

Also in Wednesday's hearing, both Anderson's attorney, Thomas Kehm and Chief Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jace Zack asked for transcripts of witnesses from the guilty phase of the trial, which took place October 2001.

Kehm also asked for county funding to pay for the cost of bringing several out-of-state witnesses back for the jury trial.

Chavez asked for a specific amount, warning the defense attorney to keep expenses to a minimum.

Anderson, 52, and accomplices Bobby Poyson and Kimberly Lane, were convicted of murdering Leta Kagen, her 15-year-old son, Robert Delahunt, and Roland Wear at the Kagen's Golden Valley residence Aug.

12, 1996.

A jury convicted Anderson at his second trial of three counts of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy of murder.

In 2000, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down Anderson's death sentence following his first murder trial in 1998.

On that August night six years ago, Lane lured Robert Delahunt into a trailer where Anderson cut his throat, then assisted Poyson in crushing the youth's head with bricks.

Anderson also assisted Poyson in shooting Kagen and Wear later that night.

The three codefendants then stole Wear's truck and, after dropping Lane and Poyson off near Chicago, Anderson was stopped and arrested driving the truck in Southern Illinois.

Poyson, 25, was also convicted and sentenced to death in November 1999.

His case may also return to Mohave County for resentencing.

Lane, 19, was also convicted in her first murder trial but the Arizona Court of Appeals overturned her conviction and the state Supreme Court upheld that decision.

Prior to her second trial, she pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received a reduced sentence.


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