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James Lynn STYERS

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: To collect insurance money
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: December 2, 1989
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: September 3, 1947
Victim profile: Christopher Milke, 4 (his roommates's son)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on December 14, 1990
 
 

 

United States Court of Appeals
For the Ninth Circuit

 

opinion 07-99003

 
 

 
 
Date of Birth: September 3, 1947
Defendant: Caucasian
Victim: Caucasian

On December 2, 1989, James Lynn Styers filed a missing child report, advising police that his roommate's son, Christopher Milke (age 4), had disappeared during their visit to Metrocenter mall. Roger Mark Scott was present with Styers.

On December 3, 1989, Scott admitted during a police interview that he had accompanied Styers the previous day to a desert wash in the area of 99th Avenue and Jomax Road where Styers shot and killed Christopher Milke. 

Styers agreed to provide Scott with $250 to file a social security claim. Styers believed he would receive some of Christopher's $5,000 life insurance policy.  At the conclusion of the interview, Mr. Scott led police to the desert area where they found Christopher Milke's body.

During a police interview, Debra Jean Milke, Christopher Milke's mother, conceded that she had conspired with Styers to have her son killed. She indicated that it would be better to have her son die than grow up like her husband.

PROCEEDINGS

    Presiding Judge: Peter T. D'Angelo
    Prosecutor: Noel Levy
    Start of Trial: October 15, 1990
    Verdict: November 2, 1990
    Sentencing: December 14, 1990

Aggravating Circumstances:

    Pecuniary gain
    Especially heinous/cruel/depraved
    Age of victim (4)

Mitigating Circumstances:

    None

PUBLISHED OPINIONS

    State v. Styers, 177 Ariz. 104, 865 P.2d 765 (1993).

 




James Lynn Styers

 

Debra Jean Milke, Christopher Milke's mother, conceded that she had conspired with Styers to have her son killed.

 

The victim


Christopher Conan Milke, 4.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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