Additional suspect arrested in Paradise Valley couple's homicide

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Natalie Brand

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 2:49 PM

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. – Police have arrested an additional suspect in the murders of a Paradise Valley couple last year.

Barry Michael Hassell II, 29, has been booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail on homicide, burglary and conspiracy charges. He is being held on $1 million bond.

The bodies of Lawrence Shapiro, 79, and his wife, Glenna Shapiro, 78, were found bound and burned in their home on Jan. 30, 2012. Police found their car burning behind a strip mall about 30 miles away.

Several other people were arrested previously in connection with the case. Of those, only Michael Lee Crane was charged with the couple's murder and setting their home on fire.

Hassell was the driver for Crane when the burglary and homicides were committed, according to Lt. Michael Cole with the Paradise Valley Police Department.

Cole said through ongoing investigation into this case, police detectives developed sufficient evidence to request a Grand Jury indictment against Hassell.

Initially, Hassell was charged only with conspiracy to commit burglary in connection with the case.  He's been out on bond pending that charge filed last year, according to police.

An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday. Hassell was located and arrested at around noon on Wednesday.

Hassell has previous arrests for drug paraphernalia violation, burglary and misconduct involving weapons.

The County Attorney's Office would not comment Wednesday on the new developments. A spokesman said formal charges have not yet been filed.

Meanwhile, Hassell's attorney filed a motion last week seeking to limit evidence testimony or information from Crane's case, which is moving through the court system now.

Hassell's attorney declined to comment to 3TV Wednesday night.

The Shapiro family issued a statement after learning of the new arrest, which reads in part: 

"We appreciate the diligent, ongoing efforts of the Paradise Valley Police Department, prosecutors, and other agencies working to bring to justice all those involved. We are comforted that the apprehension and prosecution of these individuals prevents them from causing further harm to this community."

http://www.glennalawrenceshapiro.com

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