Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Minuteman American Defense Leader Forde Found Guilty Of Double Homicide In Arizona

Shawna Forde

Jury finds Forde guilty of multiple charges and murder.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 15, 2011

Tucson, Arizona - On Monday, Shawna Forde, 43, the self proclaimed leader of the Minuteman American Defense in Arizona was found guilty on two counts of murder, one count each of attempted first-degree murder, burglary, and aggravated assault including armed robbery. Forde is facing the death penalty for the May 30, 2009 home invasion and cold blooded murder of both Raul Junior Flores, 29, and Brisenia Flores, 9. Forde along with Jason Bush, a white supremacist and Albert Gaxiola were charged with the homicides.
The only survivor was Gina Gonzalez, the mother of Brisenia. Gonzalez testimony and identifying Forde as the woman in charge of the two men was crucial in convicting her. Forde, Bush and Gaxiola invaded the Flores home in Arivaca, Arizona and pretended to be law enforcement agents looking for fugitives, Gonzalez testified.
Forde and her accomplices were actually looking for drugs and $4,000 that they believed Flores had hidden at his home. Forde had planned the home invasion and wanted the money to help finance her anti-immigrant Minuteman border security operation, but no money or drugs were ever found.
Bush's trial is set for March and Gaxiola's trial is scheduled for June.

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