Inmate who killed wife, stepchildren dies behind bars

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David Anthony By Andrew Michalscheck David Anthony By Andrew Michalscheck

MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. -- An Arizona inmate who had been sentenced to death for three counts of first-degree murder died this week.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, 64-year-old David Anthony died Friday from apparent natural causes.

Anthony received the death penalty in 2004 for killing his wife and two stepchildren.

The convictions were overturned, however, by the Arizona Supreme Court in 2008.

The court explained that the jury had heard improper arguments about whether Anthony may have molested his stepdaughter.

At the time of Anthony’s first trial the bodies of his wife and stepchildren were still missing. They were eventually found in 2005 buried in the desert near Buckeye.

Anthony was given a second trial, and this past August he was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and once again sentenced to death.