On March 26, 1992, Jones and Robert Weaver
were visiting in Robert's garage. Inside the home, Robert's 74-year-old
grandmother, Katherine Gumina, sat watching television while Robert's 7-year-old
daughter, Tisha, lay on the floor, working on some school work.
At approximately 8:40 p.m., Jones attacked an unsuspecting Robert
from behind, striking him once in the head with a bat as Robert sat on
an inverted bucket in the garage.
Once Robert was down, Jones entered the home, walked to the living
room, and attacked Katherine Gumina. Tisha Weaver immediately fled to
her parents' bedroom, where she hid under the bed.
Leaving Gumina for dead, Jones searched the house for Tisha. Upon
finding her, Jones dragged Tisha out from under the bed and struck her
twice in the head. Jones then strangled her.
Once Tisha was dead, Jones raided Robert's gun cabinet, stealing his
gun collection. Jones then took the keys to Katherine Gumina's car and
proceeded out to the garage to place the guns in the car.
There, Jones found that Robert had regained consciousness. Jones,
still armed with the bat, chased Robert as he attempted to flee. Upon
catching Robert, Jones inflicted three more blows to his head. Once
Robert was down, Jones inflicted two additional blows. After loading the
guns into Katherine Gumina's car, Jones fled the residence.
Presiding Judge: James E. Chavez
Prosecutor: John S. Taylor
Start of Trial: August 31, 1993
Verdict: September 13, 1993
Sentencing: December 9, 1993
Pecuniary gain (Robert Weaver & Tisha Weaver)
Especially heinous, cruel, or depraved (Robert Weaver & Tisha Weaver)
Multiple homicides (Robert Weaver & Tisha Weaver)
Child victim (Tisha Weaver)
None sufficient to call for leniency
State v. Jones (Danny), 185 Ariz. 471, 917 P.2d 200 (1996).
Danny Lee Jones