An article in the Feb. 2 edition of the East Valley Tribune featured an interview with Professor Ralph Spritzer about a recent development in the so-called Serial Shooters case being tried in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Spritzer told reporter Nick Martin that the recent unexpected death of Ron Horton, whose help led police to arrest Sam Dieteman and Dale Hausner for allegedly killing seven people and wounding 17 others in a shooting spree, could harm the county's case.
Sometimes, Spritzer said, testimony from a dead witness can be used if he was questioned by both sides before he died.
"But if he just dies and he's never been on the stand and never been cross-examined, then you're out of luck," the professor said.
Court records show no record of Horton testifying at a hearing or deposition, Martin reported.