Man, girlfriend dead in separate Tucson killings; Arizona crime news

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TUCSON, Ariz.  — Police in Tucson say a body found in a desert area on Tuesday is that of a woman whose boyfriend was found shot to death on Saturday.

A man riding his bicycle found the body of 28-year-old Mayra Hermania Hermosillo of Tucson just after 7 a.m. on Tuesday in the desert on the city's south side near Country Club and Balck Brush Roads.

A police statement says Hermosillo's 20-year-old boyfriend, Jesus Ricardo Ceballos, was found shot to death at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday just west of the junction of Interstate 19 and Interstate 10.

Hermosillo's body was found several miles away, south of the Tucson International Airport near the Raytheon plant.

No arrests have been made.  Anyone with information about either of these cases is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

In other violent crime news, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on Arizona's plans to execute convicted killer Jeffrey Landrigan.

Justices ruled a federal judge was wrong to block the lethal injection over questions about one of the drugs used in the process.

Read more on the execution of Jeffrey Landrigan.

And the Arizona inmates who escaped this summer and led authorities on a long chase could be headed to New Mexico on murder charges.

Prosecutors there will argue extradition next month for John McCluskey, Tracy Province, and Casslyn Welch.

They're accused of killing an Oklahoma couple in New Mexico on August 2 while they were on the run. Judges must decide whether they'll face murder charges first, or escape charges here in Arizona.

More about escaped inmates.

On Tuesday, what started as a traffic stop on Interstate 10 near Casa Grande, ended with a DPS officer assaulted, his patrol car stolen and a chase through the desert.

The driver of a pickup truck carrying suspected illegal immigrants refused to surrender, punched the officer in the face and drove off in the cruiser.

After a 10-mile chase on I-10 and through the desert, the man bailed out.  Border Patrol agents helped search the desert and found the suspect.

More on the assault of the DPS officer.

Stepping away from fighting crime, Tucson police officers showed up in force tuesday evening to help young athletes.

The officers traded their uniforms for aprons and worked as waiters at a northside Chili's. The tips they received will benefit the Special Olympics.

About 15 officers participated in the "Tip-a-Cop" event, which has benefited more than 180,000 children with intellectual disabilities, including more than 10,000 athletes.