7 Indicted In Deaths Of Phoenix-area Couple, Man

Published February 15, 2012 11:36PM (EST)

PHOENIX (AP) — A man from the Phoenix suburb of Mesa has been indicted in the deaths of an Arizona couple and another homicide last month.

Maricopa County prosecutors announced Wednesday that 31-year-old Michael Lee Crane was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro.

The couple, both in their 70s, was found bound and burned beyond recognition in their home on Jan. 30 in the wealthy area of Paradise Valley.

The 15-count indictment also charges Crane and an unnamed accomplice with first-degree murder in the death of Bruce Gaudet, who was found dead inside a burning Phoenix condominium on Jan. 26.

Five other people also are indicted in the cases. Authorities say they face charges including theft, trafficking in stolen property and hindering prosecution.

By Salon Staff

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